In its 50th Anniversary year Four Corners has won the Gold Walkley Award for a story on the export of live cattle to Indonesia.
Sarah Ferguson, Michael Doyle and Anne Worthington were jointly awarded the Gold Walkley for “A Bloody Business,” a devastating report which saw the Government immediately halt the export of live cattle.
“This award doesn’t just go to this story. This award goes to every one of the extraordinary people working at Four Corners, and in particular to our executive producer…. Sue Spencer,” said Ferguson.
“This was always going to be difficult …. it was our lowest rating story of the year, but Sue Spencer from the get-go, never hesitated.”
ABC also picked up other awards including for the late Paul Lockyer.
SBS, Seven and TEN were also recognised at the annual journalism awards, held last night in Brisbane.
Dateline presenter Yalda Hakim and Nine News’ political correspondent Lane Calcutt hosted the event broadcast on SBS, but lacked chemistry while most presenters’ eyeline was drawn to an autocue monitor that was too low for the TV audience. I guess it isn’t meant to be the ARIAs…
Things got off to an awkward start when Yakim said, “Lane, it’s not often that SBS and Channel Nine get to stand shoulder to shoulder on camera at a News event. Quite a novelty. That can only happen at the Walkley Awards.”
“It is indeed,” he replied. “Fancy the national broadcaster, Channel Nine, and SBS shoulder to shoulder.”
Other TV Winners were:
Television News Reporting
Erin Edwards, Geoff Breusch, Jeremy Ward and Luke Miers, Seven Network
“Murphy’s Creek Flood”
Television Current Affairs Reporting (less than 20 minutes)
Monique Schafter, Hungry Beast and ABC TV
“Trapped in your own body”
Television Current Affairs, Feature of Special (more than 20 minutes)
Sarah Ferguson, Michael Doyle and Anne Worthington, Four Corners ABC TV
“A bloody business”
Broadcast and Online Interviewing
Tony Jones, Lateline, ABC TV
“Christopher Hitchens”, “Malcolm Turnbull”and “Chris Bowen”
Best Broadcast Camerawork
Jeremy Ward, Seven News, Seven Network
“Murphy’s Creek flood”
Walkley Documentary Award:
Darren Dale, Tony Krawitz and Chloe Hooper
“The Tall Man”
Best Scoop of the Year
Matt Moran and Hugh Riminton, Ten News, Network Ten
All media: International journalism
Yaara Bou Melhem, Dateline, SBS TV, ‘Struggle for freedom’
All media: Sport journalism
Caro Meldrum-Hanna, 7.30, ABC TV, ‘Harness racing under scrutiny’
Paul Lockyer ABC