ABC Director of Television, Richard Finlayson said: “This is the first time that we’ve used ABC3 as an ‘after-hours special broadcast event channel’. This is a great way for ABC TV to support the awards night and to bring the Walkleys to a new and wider audience.
“We are also interested in how else we might be able to use ABC3 in the future, for other special broadcasts after its children’s programs finish at 9pm.”
The 2013 Walkley Awards will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane hosted by hosted by Lateline‘s Emma Alberici.
“I am honoured to be hosting the ABC broadcast of the Walkley Awards. The night showcases Australia’s best journalism and is a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding work of teams and individuals reporting across all platforms,” Alberici said.
“As this is the first time the ABC will broadcast the event, we’re looking forward to delivering an entertaining program that commemorates Australia’s award-winning journalism to a national TV audience.”
Walkley Advisory Board Chair Laurie Oakes said “We are delighted that Emma will be taking the stage at an event celebrating the highest achievements in Australian journalism.
“I encourage everyone watching to join the Walkleys conversation on the night through social media and give the award recipients the extra congratulations they deserve.
“On behalf of the Walkley Advisory Board, I extend warm thanks again to the ABC for partnering with us on this event – and their ongoing support for the Walkley Foundation’s work in general.”