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Australian businesswoman and journalist Ita Buttrose was named Australian of the Year in 2013

Today's Birthday, January 17: Australian businesswoman and journalist Ita Buttrose (1942 - )

ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose is standing by the public broadcaster's controversial call not to provide a live radio broadcast at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to "budget pressures and the changing broadcast environment".

ABC announced last November it wouldn't buy the rights to this year's Olympics, saving an estimated $1 million.

It means the ABC won't have a radio broadcast of the Olympics in Japan for the first time since the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.

Australia's Olympic boss John Coates met with Ms Buttrose but was unable to convince her to reverse the decision.

It's been a busy first 12 months for Ms Buttrose in the ABC hot seat following her appointment in February 2019.

The media veteran rose to power seeking stability after the sudden departures of predecessor Justin Milne and managing director Michelle Guthrie.

Australian Federal Police raids on the ABC's Sydney offices last June saw Ms Buttrose complain to the Communications Minister Paul Fletcher of the warrant's "sweeping nature" which was "clearly designed to intimidate".

Born Ita Clare Buttrose in Sydney in 1942, she was educated at Sacred Heart Covenant school in Rose Bay.

The 15-year-old Ita dropped out of school to work as a copy girl at the Australian Women's Weekly and later joined The Daily Telegraph as a cadet.

She left Australia for a job with UK magazine Woman's Own before returning to the Telegraph to take over as women's editor in 1965.

Despite her news background, Ms Buttrose made her name in the Australian women's magazine industry. She launched Cleo in 1972 and served as editor-in-chief until 1975 when she defected to rival , The Australian Women's Weekly.

Ms Buttrose struck a major media milestone in 1981 as first female editor-in-chief for The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. Her television presence at the time didn't go unnoticed by Australian rock band Cold Chisel recording the song Ita in 1980.

Over the past decade, the author and publisher was a regular breakfast TV presenter on the Nine Network's Today show and Network Ten's Studio 10.

In 2013 she was named Australian of the Year and used the role to shine a light on public health issues, and was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in June 2019.