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ABC News social media accounts to merge

On April 10, ABC News will have a new look – on air and online.

As part of these changes we are consolidating our ABC News social media accounts.

ABC News on Facebook
We are deactivating our ABC News 24 Facebook account and moving existing fans into the ABC News account.

If you are an existing ABC News 24 Facebook fan, you will automatically be moved into the ABC News Facebook account and still receive all the latest news and video content you currently receive.

The ABC Radio Current Affairs Facebook account will be archived. You will need to like us on our ABC News account to stay up to date with the latest news and radio current affairs content.

ABC News on Twitter
The current ABC News 24, ABC NewsRadio and ABC Radio Current Affairs Twitter accounts are closing and we are moving to one ABC News account.

If you are currently following ABC News 24, ABC NewsRadio and ABC Radio Current Affairs you will now need to follow @abcnews if you are not already.

You will still receive breaking news and content that you usually receive from these accounts, but now from this centralised account.

Why the changes?

ABC News is getting a new look.

As part of this we are creating a single, unified ABC News brand that is consistent on TV, radio and online.

This will make it easier for you to identify and find the trusted ABC News content that is relevant to you, on whatever platform you choose.

We are also simplifying the names of our services to become ABC NEWS across all platforms.

ABC News 24 and ABC NewsRadio will become ABC News.

Off-platform these services will be referred to when necessary, as the ABC News channel and ABC News on radio.



Syria ABC News special tonight at 7pm hosted by Leigh Sales
Tonight at 7pm on ABC & ABC iview / 7pm AEST on ABC News 24

Leigh Sales will host a one hour ABC News special tonight from 7pm with the latest details about the Trump Administration missile strikes against the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad.

She’ll be joined by ABC’s chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams, political correspondent Greg Jennett with reaction from Canberra and we’ll also cross live to Matt Brown in Beirut and Zoe Daniel in Washington for the most up-to-date international developments.


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New Opener and Graphics @ Breakfast

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New Opener @9am on ABC News

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Natasha Exelby has paid a high price for her weekend blooper, after the management at ABC24 banned the newsreader from playing any future on-air role.

Exelby, who only recently returned from a foreign correspondent and anchor role with Turkish broadcaster, TRT World, was today told she has been axed from newsreading duties, after being caught off guard during a live news shift on Sunday.


Natasha Exelby has parted ways with ABC News, less than a month after her blooper went viral.

An ABC spokesperson said:

“Natasha Exelby has chosen not to do some casual shifts she was rostered for. Natasha was not taken off-air because of a ‘blooper’ and ABC News has been clear that we’re open to working with her again, including the possibility of future presenting shifts.”


Budget 2017: ABC Coverage on TV, iview, radio and online

The 2017 Federal Budget will be handed down on Tuesday May 9 and the ABC has the best independent coverage on all platforms.

We’ll have the first interview with Treasurer Scott Morrison, as well as in-depth analysis and expert commentary from the ABC’s leading political and business teams.

What does Budget 2017 mean for you? Know the numbers, the politics, and the impact with ABC NEWS.

Tuesday, 9 May – BUDGET DAY

TELEVISION – ABC, the ABC NEWS channel & iview

The Drum - 5.30pm on ABC & iview / 6.30pm AEST on the ABC NEWS channel

As the press gallery bunkers down in the budget media lock-up, host John Barron and a panel of experts will count down to Budget 2017 and preview what to expect.

ABC NEWS - 7pm on ABC & iview

The news of the day and the lead up to the Federal Treasurer’s Budget speech.

ABC NEWS BUDGET 2017 SPECIAL - on ABC, the ABC NEWS channel, iview, ABC NEWS online and simulcast live on the ABC News Facebook page.

Leigh Sales hosts the ABC NEWS Budget 2017 special with Political Editor Chris Uhlmann live from Parliament House in Canberra.

At 7:30pm AEST the Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison will deliver his second Federal Budget speech live from the House of Representatives.

Just after 8pm, Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison will join Leigh Sales for his first interview of the night, followed by the response from the Opposition’s Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen.

ABC will deliver uninterrupted coverage, analysis and commentary from Australia’s top political and business journalists and commentators, including Barrie Cassidy, Annabel Crabb, Andrew Probyn and Greg Jennett, along with triple J Hack political reporter, Shalailah Medhora.

The Budget Special will examine what Scott Morrison’s definition of ‘good debt and bad debt’ looks like in the Budget, as well as cost of living pressures like housing affordability.

Other guests include Senator Nick Xenophon and Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale, along with the Business Council of Australia’s Jennifer Westacott and Cassandra Goldie from ACOSS.

ABC NEWS coverage continues all night on the ABC NEWS Channel. At 9pm Chris Uhlmann will look at the impact for business, with Australian Financial Review journalist, Laura Tingle, ABC Business editor, Ian Verrender and economist, Chris Richardson. And Michael Rowland speaks to the Editors of some of the nation’s biggest newspapers to get their take on the Budget.


Australia is one of the toughest places in the world to buy a home. But we’re not alone. So what are other countries doing to tackle high cost housing – and what bright ideas can we pinch from them? Hamish Macdonald hosts this special report, right after the Budget.

LATELINE – 9:30pm AEST on the ABC NEWS channel & iview / 10.30pm on ABC & iview

Host Emma Alberici speaks to Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Shadow Finance Minister Jim Chalmers. Featuring analysis from political correspondent David Lipson, economist Saul Eslake and The Guardian Australia’s editor Lenore Taylor.

The Drum - 10.05pm AEST on the ABC NEWS channel & later on ABC

John Barron hosts a special late edition of The Drum with a fresh take on Budget 2017, analysing how it may affect you. Panellists include, Alice Workman of BuzzFeed Australia, Nicki Hutley, Chief economist at Urbis, Ming Long, Business leader, and Jacinta Price, Councillor at Alice Springs Town Council.


ABC will have extensive coverage leading up to the Budget and on Budget night, on ABC Radio and ABC NEWS on radio.


Presented by Eleanor Hall in Parliament House, Canberra, with the Treasurer’s Budget address live at 7.30pm AEST.

Radio coverage will include interviews with the Treasurer, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen, John Daley from the Grattan institute, Stephan Antony from Industry Super and reaction from the Business Council of Australia and ACOSS.

The following morning join Sabra Lane on AM for more of the reaction and analysis, and an interview with the Treasurer on the fall out of the Budget.

*SA and NT at 7.00pm / WA at 5.30pm

ABC NEWS on radio - from 7.30pm AEST

Coverage throughout the day on ABC NEWS, including the Treasurer’s speech live at 7.30pm. Extended Budget coverage with Cathy Bell on ABC Digital Radio after the Treasurer’s speech, with Parliament and rolling news coverage continuing on the radio network.

triple j – Hack 5:30pm AEST

Hack on triple j will look at what’s in the budget for young people and how it will affect them.


ABC NEWS online

ABC NEWS online will have the most comprehensive digital coverage and latest news on what the Budget means for all Australians, with explainers and a full dissection of the winners and losers. Check out the Budget jargon buster now online, to help you understand what all the terms mean, as well as all the latest news in the lead-up to Budget night at

On the night there will be a live blog with all the latest reaction and analysis of how the money was sliced and diced and what it actually means for people in the cities to the bush.

The ABC TV Budget coverage will be streamed live online and from the ABC NEWS Facebook page. ABC journalist Will Ockenden will be providing his own unique analysis on the Budget, with a special Facebook Live from 8pm (AEST). Alongside him to break down the key budget topics, and scrutinise the numbers and the politics will be the ABC’s Business specialists and political reporters providing analysis and answering questions from you.

Wednesday May 10

NEWS BREAKFAST - 6.00am on ABC & iview / 6.00am AEST on the ABC NEWS channel

News Breakfast will broadcast live from the front lawn of Parliament House in Canberra on the morning after the budget is handed down. Hosted by Michael Rowland and Virginia Trioli, the program will guide viewers through the key budget announcements and political reaction with guest analysis and commentary. Michael and Virginia will gauge initial impressions from voters through direct audience feedback. Coverage will include feature interviews with senior figures from both sides of politics, as well as the crossbench. Insider’s Barrie Cassidy will also join the program, looking at the political implications and cutting through the spin from the parties.

RN Breakfast - from 6.00am AEST

Fran Kelly will interview the Prime Minister and have all the latest Budget reaction.

THE PARTY ROOM - podcast

Join RN Breakfast’s Fran Kelly and RN Drive’s Patricia Karvelas for a special Budget wrap, as they discuss the winners and losers, the numbers and the politics.

NATIONAL PRESS CLUB ADDRESS - 12.30pm on ABC & iview / 12.30pm AEST on the ABC NEWS channel

Live from the Great Hall at Parliament House Canberra, Treasurer Scott Morrison presents his post-budget address to the National Press Club.

Thursday May 11


7.30pm AEST on ABC, the ABC NEWS channel, iview, ABC NEWS on radio, ABC Radio

Live on television, radio and online, ABC presents the Budget 2017 Right of Reply by Shadow Treasurer of Australia, Chris Owen.

7.30 – 8:00pm on ABC & iview

Following the Budget Right of Reply, Leigh Sales hosts 7.30.

Sunday May 14

Insiders – 9:00am on ABC, the ABC NEWS channel & iview

Host Barrie Cassidy is joined by Treasurer Scott Morrison and a panel of Australia’s top political journalists – including George Megalogenis, the Financial Review’s Laura Tingle and The Australian’s Niki Savva who will help make sense of the events of Budget week.


On Twitter, join the conversation using the #Budget2017 hashtag and keep up with the latest by using this handy checklist of who to follow:

Scott Morrison @ScottMorrisonMP
Chris Bowen @Bowenchris
ABC News @abcnews
ABC News Breakfast @BreakfastNews
The Drum @ABCthedrum
7.30 @abc730
Lateline @Lateline
Leigh Sales @leighsales
Emma Alberici @albericie
Barrie Cassidy @barriecassidy
Julia Baird @bairdjulia
Virginia Trioli @LaTrioli
Michael Rowland @mjrowland68
Chris Uhlmann @CUhlmann
Sabra Lane @SabraLane
George Megalogenis @GMegalogenis
Annabel Crabb @annabelcrabb
Fran Kelly @frankelly08
Patricia Karvelas @PatsKarvelas
Greg Jennett @GregJennett
Ian Verrender @IanVerrender
Eleanor Hall @eleanorhall1




John Lyons, one of Australia’s leading journalists, is to join ABC News as Head Investigative and In-depth Journalism.

He will lead Australia’s premier current affairs teams and programs across broadcast and digital, including 7.30, Australian Story, Four Corners, Q&A, Insiders, Offsiders, Lateline, Foreign Correspondent, Behind the News, AM, PM, The World Today and Correspondents Report, as well as finding the best ways to deliver the ABC’s finest investigative and long-form content to new audiences.

A three-time Walkley Award winner, Lyons’ previous roles include being the Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Executive Producer of the Nine Network’s Sunday program, a foreign correspondent in Washington, New York and Jerusalem and, currently, Associate Editor (Digital Content) at News Corp’s The Australian.

ABC Director, News Gaven Morris said Lyons was an outstanding editorial leader.

“As platforms and channels change, information outlets multiply and fake news proliferates, the demand for trusted sources of information, well-told stories and quality, news-breaking journalism is greater than ever,” he said.

“The centrepiece at ABC News is always the journalism, and John will play a key role in delivering our best in-depth and investigative reporting to all Australian audiences when, where and how they want to consume it.”

Lyons said: "After ten great years at The Australian, I’m delighted to be joining the ABC in this important role at a time when independent public interest journalism is more vital than ever.

“With people increasingly getting their news and information through different means, it is crucial we are able to present strong investigative journalism on digital platforms. The ABC is committed both to investigative journalism and to telling stories in ways relevant to a changing society.”

Lyons takes over from Bruce Belsham, who held the role (previously called Head of Current Affairs) with distinction for five years.


Chris Uhlmann to depart ABC after two decades

ABC News Australia

After almost 20 years with the ABC Chris Uhlmann is moving to take up a new role with the Nine Network.

Chris joined the ABC in 1998 and has been one of its key editorial leaders and a highly valued part of the Canberra team. In January 2015 he was appointed ABC Political Editor, across television, radio and digital.

ABC Director, News Gaven Morris said: “Chris has made a huge contribution not only to the ABC but to Australian political journalism. He leaves with our warmest and highest regards and very best wishes for his future endeavours.

“Chris leaves the political coverage team in outstanding shape. It is a critical time in politics, at home and abroad, and our team has never been more strongly positioned to deliver the news, analysis and context Australians need in order to fully understand the issues and how they affect all of our lives.

“The ABC has always been home to the nation’s most authoritative and comprehensive political reporting, and we are currently working on plans to further extend our coverage and make it even more relevant and useful to our audiences.”

In a farewell message to his ABC colleagues, Chris said: “It is hard to leave the ABC. I do it with a heavy heart and a profound sense of gratitude. I go simply because I am seeking another challenge and believe that the time is right.

“The ABC is a national treasure. It has given me opportunities I never dared dream of, is home to some of the best journalists in the world and many of my best friends. I have not forgotten that the ABC took a risk appointing me to Parliament in 2006 and remember what I said at the end of my (second) interview: ‘I promise I won’t let you down.’ I have tried to honour my side of that pledge and know the ABC has honoured its end of the bargain.

“The roll of those I need to thank is too long for here, so I simply say I have learned something from all of you, will miss you, and I will be in touch. I will not be a commentator on what you do but I will be avidly watching and listening. Godspeed.”



ABC News breached impartiality requirements

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ABC News breached the impartiality provisions of the ABC Code of Practice (the Code).

It is the first time since 2011 that the ABC has been found in breach of those impartiality provisions.

The ACMA’s investigation followed a complaint about a segment that aired in Canberra on 19 November 2016 covering historical child sexual abuse allegations against the late Dr Vincent John Adams Flynn.

The ACMA found that the ABC failed to gather and present news and information with due impartiality and thereby breached Standard 4.1 of the Code.

The segment raised several allegations against Dr Flynn. The tone and the language used conveyed the view that those allegations were true. The report contained no mention of Dr Flynn’s earlier and explicit denial of the allegations to the ABC. This omission added to the sense of prejudgment conveyed in the report. The ACMA did not review and made no findings in relation to the substance of the allegations.

The ACMA found that the ABC did not breach Standards 2.1 (in relation to accuracy), 5.3 (in relation to opportunity to respond) and 5.4 (in relation to attribution of information), which were part of the complaint investigated.

In response the ABC has added a statement, that Dr Flynn had denied the allegations, to a similar online report of the matter. This action has been noted on the ABC’s Corrections & Clarifications webpage in relation to the segment. The ABC has also discussed the ACMA’s finding with the reporter involved and circulated the ACMA’s investigation report to senior news management.

A copy of the investigation is available on the ACMA website version of this release.


ABC Investigations, Specialist Reporting Team & 2018 TV line-up changes

ABC News will create the largest dedicated daily investigative and specialist journalism teams in the country under a proposal outlined to staff today.

What the ABC is proposing:

ABC Investigations: Led by Editor Jo Puccini, formerly 7.30 EP, and including 10 top investigative reporters, Australia’s most formidable daily investigative journalism unit would work across programs and platforms, uncovering exclusive stories and breaking new ground on big issues.

Specialist Reporting Team: Under Editor Lisa Whitby, formerly Lateline EP, a team of reporters and producers would bring in-depth, expert reporting to core rounds including: Technology & Science; Regional Communities; Consumer Affairs; Education; Health; Arts, Culture & Entertainment; Social Affairs; and Indigenous.

Two new television programs would also launch in changes proposed for the 2018 season: a prime-time news discussion show at 9pm on the ABC News channel, presented by Stan Grant, and a half-hour late edition national news bulletin at 10.30pm on the ABC TV main channel.

And two programs would come to an end, with Lateline and The Link finishing at the end of their current seasons, and presenters Emma Alberici and Stan Grant moving to key new roles. As well as the presenting role, Grant takes up the position of Chief Asia Correspondent, and Alberici becomes the ABC’s Chief Economics Correspondent.

Nightly current affairs flagship 7.30 would also be strengthened, reinforcing its position as the nightly destination for Australia’s best analysis and storytelling.

“These proposals represent a big investment by the ABC in investigative, specialist and in-depth journalism at a time when many other media outlets are retreating from these areas,” said ABC Director, News Gaven Morris.

"Public interest journalism on behalf of all Australians is more important to the role of ABC News than ever."
John Lyons, the ABC’s Head of Investigative and In-Depth Journalism, said:

“Alongside teams such as Four Corners, 7.30 and Background Briefing, the establishment of the largest investigative daily news team in the Australian media reflects the ABC’s growing commitment to journalism for television, radio and digital audiences."

Morris paid tribute to Lateline and its team.

“When it launched in 1990 Lateline was a ground-breaking program, and for almost three decades it has made an enormous contribution to Australian public life," he said. "Many great ABC journalists and production teams have worked with Lateline and the current team has produced an innovative brand of late-evening current affairs. The Link was a bold experiment that has done wonderful, creative work.

"This proposal is no reflection on the excellent work of the program teams. But with audience habits changing, we can deploy these resources more effectively in other ways.

“Viewers are as well-served as ever with daily and weekly television news and current affairs on ABC TV and on the ABC News channel.”

Consultation on the proposed changes is now underway with staff and unions.



Access first for Auslan users in ABC NEWS channel bulletin
Airs Thursday 26th October

ABC News Australia

Vicdeaf and ABC News have partnered to provide Deaf Australians the opportunity to watch the primetime news in their first language for the first time during the National Week of Deaf People.

On Thursday, 26 October the ABC NEWS channel’s 6:00pm bulletin will be interpreted live in Auslan – Australian Sign Language, the national language of the Australian Deaf community. Vicdeaf Director of Language, Partnerships & Innovation, Brent Phillips, said:

“Vicdeaf is delighted to partner with the ABC, Australia’s national broadcaster, to deliver Thursday evening’s national news bulletin in Auslan. This will allow thousands of Deaf Australians and their families to access and understand the news in our first language, and highlights the important role Auslan plays in connecting Deaf Australians to Australian society and vice versa”.

Vicdeaf Chief Executive Officer, Christine Mathieson, said:

“Vicdeaf strives to ensure that Australian society is more aware of Deaf identity and pride, and is more inclusive of Deaf people. We applaud the ABC in showing initiative to partner with us and provide Australians the opportunity to watch the news in Auslan. This forms part of Vicdeaf’s strategic goal of acknowledging and celebrating Auslan in Australian society and to partner with innovative, like-minded organisations to increase impact”.

Director, News Gaven Morris said:

“ABC News is very pleased to be part of this initiative to raise awareness of the National Week of Deaf People.”

An Auslan interpreter will be visible to the audience through a picture-in-picture display during Thursday evening’s national news bulletin, broadcast on the ABC NEWS channel at 6:00pm AEDT. The bulletin will also be captioned for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and do not use Auslan. The program will be made available on iview for later viewing.