The Gold Walkley winner will temporarily leave her role at Four Corners, to assume the role in February.
ABC Director of News, Kate Torney, says “We are very much looking forward to Sarah bringing her skills to the 7.30 presenting role, working with Executive Producer Sally Neighbour and the rest of the 7.30 team.”
“It’s been a great year for 7.30,” says Torney. “The program brought home another Walkley for Caro Meldrum-Hanna’s exclusive interview with Stephen Danks and her ground-breaking reporting on the sports drugs scandal. That was just one of a number of big stories broken by the program. Its key interviews and extensive coverage of policy and politics in an election year saw its ratings continue to rise, and I look forward to the program’s ongoing success in 2014. “
Sales will be on maternity leave from February and Ferguson’s first night in the chair will be February 10th.