Jane Hutcheon | Creator-in-chief

How she’s treading her own path after 25 years at the ABC

Jane Hutcheon is a Sydney-based creator, writer, performer and journalist.

Jane Hutcheon was a familiar face on our TV screens for 25 years. During her stellar career at the ABC, she was a foreign correspondent, a news presenter and the host of popular interview show One Plus One.

But in 2019, Jane announced her decision to leave the national broadcaster… driven by a sense that life was getting short and there was more she wanted to do.

Jane had been doing an annual stocktake in the years leading up to her decision – reflecting on where she was at, what she enjoyed doing and whether she was happy – and this helped her realise it was time to tread a different path, as ‘creator-in-chief’ of her own projects.

Jane has since gone on to write and perform her first theatre show called Lost in Shanghai, and she’s released a new book, Rebel Talk, about the art of conversation and finding your voice.

In this episode, Jane talks to host Jacqui Ooi about:

  • Why she was drawn to the magic of TV and what she loved about hosting One Plus One
  • How she made the difficult decision to leave the ABC after 25 years
  • Her career identity and the shift from ‘TV Jane’ to working for herself
  • How she now chooses which opportunities to say yes to and which ones to let go
  • Her best tips and recommendations for aspiring career changers

Photo credit: Marton Dobras

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