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ABC current affairs host Kerry O’Brien will host Four Corners in 2011.
The veteran news anchor will front the show in its 50th year on television. The ABC notes it follows a tradition that began with Michael Charlton and continued with names like Mike Willesee, Caroline Jones, Andrew Olle and Liz Jackson.
“Kerry worked for Four Corners as a reporter in the 1970’s and again in the 1980’s, before presenting Lateline and then The 7.30 Report,” said ABC News Director Kate Torney. “This is a great way for Four Corners to mark such a major milestone in Australian journalism of 50 years on air.”
Executive Producer Sue Spencer, said, “The great strength of the program will continue to be the long-form journalism produced by the reporters and producers, but Kerry will be the new face of the program, and his skills as a presenter and interviewer will give us added flexibility and depth in the studio.”
O’Brien, 65, will leave The 7.30 Report in December after 15 years as host and editor. The new role will allow him to work part-time for the ABC programme.
“It will be like going home to the most enduring and respected name in Australian television,” O’Brien said.