Former Sunday investigative reporter Ross Coulthart is joining Channel Seven as part of its upcoming current affairs programme, Sunday Night.
Coulthart, also a former journo on Four Corners and Walkley Award winner, is best known for his recent “Butcher of Bega” scandal.
Seven’s new current affairs programme is set to launch next year, despite premature comments by CEO David Leckie that it would begin on November 9th.
The show is to be jointly produced by Mark Llewellyn and Adam Boland for Seven.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to work with a great bunch of talented people at a network that’s going places,” Coulthart said.
“Sunday Night is a major initiative for us,” News boss Peter Meakin said. “We are determined to produce an informative and entertaining programme, but, with Ross on board, our audience can be confident that we intend to make waves as well.”
One of Australia’s foremost investigative journalists has signed with Seven News.
Ross Coulthart, 46, worked on the iconic but now defunct Sunday programme for 14 years and spent another four years at Four Corners. Most recently, Ross was responsible for uncovering one of the biggest medical scandals in Australia — the story of the so-called Butcher of Bega. Graeme Reeves is now facing criminal charges and Ross has two nominations in this year’s Walkley Awards.
Previous reports led to the Samuels commission of enquiry into the Australian Security Intelligence Service, as well as a Senate investigation of Australian soccer. Ross has already won two Walkley awards, one for a story on media treatment of Pauline Hanson, and another for revelations over the attempted assassination of the Cambodian Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy. He received a Logie award for his story on misconduct in the Aboriginal Legal Service, as well as a Gold Medal at the New York Film Festival for his report on Indonesian and militia killings in East Timor.
Trained as a lawyer in New Zealand, he is also co-author of the best seller, “Dead Man Running”, an eye-opening account of organised crime in motorcyle gangs.
Married with two daughters, Ross will bring his investigative talents to Seven’s new public affairs programme “Sunday Night”, which launches next year.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to work with a great bunch of talented people at a network that’s going places,” Ross said.
Seven’s director of News and Public Affairs, Peter Meakin, described Ross as “the best in the investigative business.” “Sunday Night is a major initiative for us,” Meakin said. “We are determined to produce an informative and entertaining programme, but — with Ross on board — our audience can be confident that we intend to make waves as well.”