ABC star Richard Kingsmill has announced he will be stepping down from the national broadcaster.
Triple J’s group music director revealed on Monday he would be handing in his resignation following a storied career spanning more than three decades.
‘Coming up with the Unearthed brand and initial concept was one thing,’ Kingsmill said.
‘Being able to uncover the likes of Missy Higgins, Grinspoon, G Flip and Genesis Owusu is one of the great thrills and privileges for me.’
Kingsmill said the thing he was proudest of ‘was seeing Triple J increase its Australian music content from 30 per cent to 60 per cent’.
ABC star Richard Kingsmill (pictured) has announced he will be stepping down from the national broadcaster
He couldn’t resist having a crack at commercial music stations over their choice of music.
‘For years, all I ever heard from the commercial radio sector was Australian music was bad for ratings,’ he said.
‘Well, we did what we did and more than doubled our audience reach in the process.’
Triple J saw its five capital city – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide – reach grow from 980,000 in 2006 to 2.3million in 2022.
Kingsmill said he had ‘a lot of passion, but pretty modest skills’ when he started working at the national broadcaster.
Richard Kingsmill is pictured in the ABC building at Ultimo, Sydney on June 18, 2003
‘I’m incredibly grateful in how the ABC kept encouraging me to grow and gave me time to develop,’ he said.
‘I’ve worked with so many amazing and talented people, you can’t help but learn and be inspired every single day.
‘I started with two main loves – music and radio. Those have been constants for me across all these years.’
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