Four Corners


#21

HILLARY CLINTON: FOUR CORNERS
Airs Monday 16th October at 8.30pm

ABC Australia

Hillary Clinton: An Exclusive Sarah Ferguson interview for Four Corners.

In a special edition of Four Corners, Hillary Clinton, in her only Australian television interview, talks with Sarah Ferguson.

This riveting conversation, recorded in New York, takes us into the heart and mind of the woman at the centre of the most stunning election loss in modern US history.

This is a very different Hillary Clinton to the managed political performer. Candid, open and at times angry, the former presidential candidate talks about what went wrong and her fears for the future.

An unmissable interview.

Reported and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 16th October at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 17th October at 1.00pm and Wednesday 18th at 11pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.

The interview will be streamed live on the Four Corners Facebook page, and will be available as a podcast through the new ABC Listen app.


#22

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE NBN? FOUR CORNERS
Airs Monday 23rd October at 8.30pm

ABC Australia

What’s wrong with the NBN? Why Australia’s fast broadband is stuck in the slow lane.

From the start, Australia’s National Broadband Network was billed as a game changer that would future proof the nation by delivering super fast internet services. Almost a decade on from those promises, there’s a growing number of angry residential customers and small businesses who are bitterly disappointed with the NBN.

“I am a very, very frustrated NBN customer… What I’ve got is a trench running halfway up the driveway and a piece of PVC pipe with a rope running through it – and that’s all.” Customer

On Monday night, as the NBN reaches a milestone, passing the half-way point in its rollout, Four Corners investigates the problems fuelling this dissatisfaction.

“Nobody knows what anybody else is doing. The retail service providers don’t know what NBN Co is doing, I don’t know what either of them are doing, and NBN Co don’t seem to know what they themselves have done.” Software developer
For many Australians, the NBN has turned out to be a lottery. Not all customers are receiving the same connections. And in some regional areas there is a stark digital divide, between those with high-speed fibre to the premises, and neighbours stuck with old copper connections who worry they’re becoming digital second class citizens.

“On the left hand side as we’re driving down this street, those houses can have access to fibre to the node. On the right hand side, they’re fibre to the premises, so this is the digital divide.” Former Mayor

We examine what’s driving the decision making about the rollout, and investigate why some customers are being short-changed on expensive data plans that fail to deliver what they promise.

“We definitely feel like we’re being ripped off.” Customer

As critics warn that Australia will soon be a decade behind its near neighbour New Zealand in the digital transformation, reporter Geoff Thompson visits New Zealand’s ‘Gigatown’, Dunedin, to look at how superfast broadband is transforming the way they do business. Back in Australia, the government insists the NBN is going to plan and will be steadily upgraded.

“The NBN will be fit for purpose. It will support the needs that Australians have. But no network, no technology, is ever set in stone. There are always upgrades.” Communications Minister

In interviews with the Communications Minister and the current and former heads of NBN Co. we examine whether a decade of politicking has compromised the ability of the NBN to deliver for all Australians.

“I just feel incredibly disappointed that an opportunity to build a first class network that would set Australia up for the future was squandered, and squandered for the wrong reasons.” Former NBN executive

What’s wrong with the NBN? Reported by Geoff Thompson and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 23rd October at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 24th October at 1.00pm and Wednesday 25th at 11pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.


#23

Malcolm in a Muddle: FOUR CORNERS
Airs Monday 13th November at 8.30pm

ABC Australia

Malcolm in a muddle: The battle to control the Liberal Party.

In the week the same sex marriage survey results will be announced, Four Corners will take you into the battle for control raging inside the Liberal Party. As reporter Michael Brissenden will show, whatever the results of the postal survey, the politicking will be far from over.

“If you don’t want to be prepared to be part of the team, get out!” Former Liberal Premier

When Malcom Turnbull took the leadership of the Liberal Party he promised to do things differently, end the slogans and act decisively. But for the last two years he’s been unable to stamp his authority on his government.

“Malcolm Turnbull has a difficulty, as every leader does in keeping us all together and ultimately history will tell as to how successful he has been in that.” Former Cabinet Minister

The Prime Minister has been held back by the conservative forces in the party, stoked by the man he deposed, Tony Abbott.

“Their ideological beliefs are stronger for them than their desire to provide good government.” Liberal historian

Divisive debates inside the party over same sex marriage, energy policy and climate change have become proxy wars for the bitter internal battle underway.

“2017 is a pretty exciting time to be a conservative activist in this country.” Social conservative activist

Social conservative activists are feeling energised and more confident by the day and as Four Corners will show, they’re playing a long game to take over the direction of the party, branch by branch.

“We’re trying to give the power to the membership. So if you want to call that a power grab I’ll wear that any day of the week.” Social conservative activist

These activists warn that if they’re unsuccessful in taking control of the party, they’ll take their votes elsewhere.

“I believe Cory Bernardi could be the Australian Ronald Reagan.” Social conservative activist

In what will become a momentous week in Australian politics, Four Corners examines the Liberal Party’s identity crisis and what it means for Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership.

“At some stage, even he must realise, as I think the rank and file of the party have realised, that this sort of division is unacceptable.” Former Liberal Premier

Malcolm in a muddle, reported by Michael Brissenden and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 13th November at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 14th November at 1.00pm and Wednesday 15th at 11pm. It can also be seen on ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.


#24

Four Corners adds to its firepower in 2018

ABC Australia 2

ABC investigative flagship Four Corners will add four outstanding journalists to its award-winning team in 2018: reporters Louise Milligan, Sophie McNeill and Sean Nicholls and producer Lesley Robinson.

Louise Milligan has broken a succession of major stories while a reporter on 7.30, including the allegations of sexual abuse against Cardinal George Pell. Her book Cardinal recently won a Walkley Award and the Sir Owen Dixon NSW Law Reporter of the Year Award. She has reported two stories for Four Corners this year, “Inside the Greens” and “After the Game”.

Sophie McNeill is one of Australia’s finest foreign correspondents and video journalists, and is currently based in Jerusalem as a Middle East Correspondent. Her outstanding journalism has earned her many accolades, including three Walkley Awards.

Sean Nicholls has earned a reputation as a top-class political reporter and investigative journalist during his career at Fairfax Media, where he rose through the ranks to become State Political Editor on The Sydney Morning Herald, a role he held from 2010.

Lesley Robinson is one of the ABC’s most experienced current affairs producers, honing her skills as a first-rate journalist and storyteller during 17 years at 7.30.

Four Corners Executive Producer Sally Neighbour said: “The addition of these outstanding journalists will further cement Four Corners’ position as the standard bearer of the finest investigative journalism.”

The newcomers join a stellar team that also includes reporters Sarah Ferguson, Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Michael Brissenden, Linton Besser and Debbie Whitmont.

Four Corners returns on 5 February 2018.