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Michael Carrington (television executive)

Michael Andrew Carrington (born 5 May 1961), né Michael Andrew Chuprin Plicha, is an Australian broadcast media executive who is currently Director, Entertainment and Specialist[1] [2] at the ABC based in Sydney, Australia. He oversees all national radio, television, and digital services including ABC1, ABC2 (Comedy), ABC Me, ABC Kids plus ABC iview, ABC Listen, ABC Kids Listen, ABC Classic FM, ABC Jazz, ABC Country, and Radio National. Carrington is also currently Head of Content Curation and Distribution.[3]

Michael Carrington
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Carrington gives CN 20th-anniversary speech
Michael Andrew Chuprin-Plicha

(1961-05-05) 5 May 1961 (age 58)
OccupationBroadcast media executive
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)S. Palluel

Early lifeEdit

Of Russian and English descent, Carrington was born in 1961 in Camden, New South Wales, Australia to Hubert John Plicha and Elaine Marshall. The family lived in Campbelltown, New South Wales until 1974 when they moved to Parkes, New South Wales, where Carrington attended Parkes High School graduating in 1979.

Carrington's father was born Vitalik Aleksandrovich Chuprin (Russian: Виталий Александрович Чуприн) in Rostov-on-Don, Russia and is a direct descendant of Jacob Wiens, a co-founder of the Mennonites. Carrington's paternal grandmother, Margarita Chuprin (née Wiens) had remarried after World War II and his father's name was changed by adoption.[4] They emigrated to Australia, sailing on the Fairsea, departing Naples, Italy December 3, 1949,[5] and arriving in Sydney on New Year's Eve.


After working as a DJ on Radio Station 2PK in Australia, he joined the Royal Australian Navy as a communications sailor. Following a four-year commission he joined the children's department at Network Ten in Sydney, where he worked on the magazine show Ridgey Didge and the game shows Double Dare and Family Double Dare. On immigrating to the United Kingdom in 1990, he joined the Bought Films Unit at BBC television. A year later he joined the Discovery Channel Europe as an acquisitions executive. He was appointed deputy head of programme acquisitions in 1993 for BBC Children's Television, latterly seconded to research and develop broadcast strategy for CBBC and CBeebies with the deputy director of television, David Docherty. In May 2000 he joined LEGO TV & Film as Head of Television and New Media,[6] responsible for programme development and production, where he was co-executive producer on Little Robots. In 2004 he joined the BBC as head of animation & acquisitions,[7] where he gained broadcast rights over Lunar Jim, The Koala Brothers and LazyTown. He commissioned a variety of UK-made animation series including Charlie and Lola,[8] Shaun the Sheep,[9] The Snow Queen, Timmy Time and The Secret Show.[10]

In May 2006, the commissioning of the BBC's Children services was split into two and Carrington was appointed the controller of CBeebies,[11] taking responsibility for all the channels output across Radio, Television and Online; commissioning award-winning programmes like In the Night Garden...,[12] Something Special and Waybuloo.[13] Carrington cast CBeebies' first disabled presenter, Cerrie Burnell, as a permanent member of the presenting team in 2009. The appointment caused some parents to complain to the BBC that Burnell was scaring their children.[14]

In April 2010, Carrington was appointed chief content officer for Cartoon Network EMEA at Turner Broadcasting System Europe,[15] and General Manager of TBS Studios Arabia.[16] He also served as chairman of the Turner LazyTown Operational Board,[17] and was executive producer of LazyTown[18] and The Amazing World of Gumball.[19] Carrington joined HIT Entertainment in February 2013 to oversee its content slate, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, and Mike the Knight globally.[20] In July 2014 it was announced that Carrington was appointed CEO of UK production company The Foundation,[21] which became part of Zodiak Kids Studios in April 2015, as well as Marathon Media and Tele-Images Productions each based in France. Carrington led the Zodiak Kids Studios umbrella brand as its CEO,[22] before moving to ABC-TV in Sydney. At MIPCOM in October 2017, Carrington was awarded with the World Screen Kids Trendsetter Award[23] for his contribution to the global children's media industry.


Michael Carrington is a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation[24] and serves on the advisory committee for the Children's Media Conference. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA),[25] a member of the Royal Television Society, Australian Film Institute and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.[26]


  1. ^ "ABC Appoints Michael Carrington Director". ABC Press Release. 21 August 2019.
  2. ^ "ABC Appoints Michael Carrington Acting Director". by Jackie Keast. 27 September 2018.
  3. ^ "ABC Names Michael Carrington Head of Department". by Staff Writer. 30 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Precious Family Heirlooms" (PDF). by Alf Redekopp. Mennonite Historian page 4. March 2004. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Australian National Archives #A11941, 2254-2256
  6. ^ "LEGO Media Launches". by Chet Corbin. LEGO Company. 13 April 2000.
  7. ^ "Carrington Appointed CBBC". by James Welsh. Digital Spy. 27 October 2003.
  8. ^ "Charlie & Lola Commission". by Owen Gibson. The Guardian. 27 June 2008.
  9. ^ "Carrington Commissions Shaun". by Rick DeMott. AWN News. 19 October 2005.
  10. ^ "Secret CBBC Commission". by Simon Salter. PR at Collingwood O’Hare. 13 June 2005. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Carrington Controller CBeebies". by Katherine Rushton. Broadcast. 25 September 2008.
  12. ^ "Brand New INTG for CBeebies". BBC Press Office. 6 June 2009.
  13. ^ "Waybuloo, a TV Show of Delight & Wonder". by Annabel Freyberg. The Telegraph. 30 September 2010.
  14. ^ "CBeebies Burnell". by Helen Weathers. Daily Mail. 2 March 2009.
  15. ^ "Carrington Joins Turner". by Mark Sweney. Guardian News. 27 January 2010.
  16. ^ "TBS Arabia Announce CN Studios". by Rana Mesbah. 27 June 2011. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  17. ^ "LazyTown Acquired by Turner". TBS Europe. 9 September 2011.
  18. ^ "LZT S3 Announced". LazyTown World. Archived from the original on 1 September 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ "Turner Greenlights Gumball S3". by Neil Raymundo. Toon Barn. 8 October 2012.
  20. ^ "HIT Entertainment Appoints Michael Carrington". by Jennifer Wolfe. AWN News. 6 February 2013.
  21. ^ Whittock, Jesse. "Carrington swaps HIT for Zodiak". TBI Vision. TBI Magazine. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  22. ^ "Carrington to head Zodiak Kids Studios". by TBI Reporter. April 2015.
  23. ^ "Top Kids' Programmers - MIPCOM Junior 2017". by Mansha Daswani. WorldScreen. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  24. ^ "List of CMC Founder Patrons".
  25. ^ "BAFTA Files 2010" (PDF). British Academy of Film & Television Arts. 2010.
  26. ^ "Academy Membership".

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Deirdre Brennan
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