Former Sunday journalists Ross Coulthart (pictured) and Nick Farrow won the Gold Walkley last night for their investigation of a doctor’s alleged malpractice and incompetence in the New South Wales town of Bega. Their expose led to charges of sexual assault and mutilation against him.
“Ross Coulthart and Nick Farrow of the Nine Network’s Sunday program acted on a tip and, after weeks of painstaking investigation, found dozens of victims in a series of powerful exposes that forced a reform of NSW medical regulations surrounding the monitoring and reporting of incompetent doctors,” a statement from Walkley organisers said.
Coulthart recently signed with Seven for its new Sunday Night programme, to launch in 2009.
In other awards, ABC TV’s Four Corners, Foreign Correspondent and Australian Story were also winners.
SBS Dateline Video Journalist Ginny Stein has won her third Walkley Award for a body of work about Zimbabwe under the Mugabe regime. A Zimbabwean national, who works under the pseudonym ‘D’, played a major role in the compilation of one of the stories.
Her stories, “Mugabe’s Calling Card”, “Zimbabwe – Inside a Failed State” and “Zimbabwe – Fight for Survival” won the Walkley Award for International Journalism.
GOLD WALKLEY: Ross Coulthart and Nick Farrow, Sunday.
ELEVISION NEWS REPORTING: Aela Callan and Robert Ovadia, Seven News, Seven Network, “Iguanagate”
TELEVISION CURRENT AFFAIRS REPORTING (less than 20 minutes): Ross Coulthart and Nick Farrow, Sunday, Nine Network, “Butcher of Bega”
TELEVISION CURRENT AFFAIRS, FEATURE, DOCUMENTARY OR SPECIAL (more than 20 minutes): Morag Ramsay and Debbie Whitmont, Four Corners, ABC TV, “The Newman Case”
TELEVISION NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS CAMERA: Andrew Taylor, Australian Story, ABC TV, “Show of Force Part 2”
BEST USE OF MEDIA: Ruth Fogarty, Kate Wild and Marian Wilkinson, Four Corners Broadband Edition, ABC Online, “Tipping Point”
COVERAGE OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION: Robert Hill and Stephen McDonell, Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV, “Pre-Olympic China”
SPORT FEATURE COVERAGE: Ben Cheshire, Quentin Davis and Peter Wilkins, Australian Story, ABC TV, “She’s Not There”
INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM: Ginny Stein, Dateline, SBS TV, “Zimbabwe”
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: Ross Coulthart and Nick Farrow, Sunday, Nine Network, “Butcher of Bega”