After a year of discovering who really runs Australia, The Power Index is finally set to reveal the country's fifty most powerful people.
Throughout July, Paul Barry and The Power Index team will be counting down the most influential people in the nation from business, media, politics, sport and culture.
The Power 50 / 2012
Managing Director of the ABC
Born in: Los Angeles
Home Town: Sydney
As the man running our national broadcaster, ABC boss Mark Scott has tremendous power over one of Australia's most loved and important national institutions. And he’s doing a good job.
"He's the most intelligent, articulate, competent boss we've had for a long time,” says Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes, who has been at the ABC since the early 1980s, “and he's very good in Canberra."
Scott has dragged the ABC into the 21st century, with new digital channels, 24-hour news, a high-profile online presence and an innovation department that has produced gems like IView, whose 1.8 million views a week makes it easily the most popular catch-up TV service in Australia.
Scott has also shifted bias off the agenda, so journalists can once again get on with the job without worrying about the thought police.
But it’s not been without pain and sacrifice. Insiders say news and current affairs has been starved of resources to pay for ABC News 24 -- which few people watch -- and traditionalists complain that content has been dumbed down for ratings.
That may be so, but these are challenging times for the media. And Scott has done well to keep the ABC relevant and alive.