Executive Producer Sue Spencer will step down from Four Corners next March, according to Fairfax Media, but it is unrelated to funding cuts.
Spencer started as a researcher with the show in 1985 and has been executive producer since 2007. She has also worked on Lateline, Foreign Correspondent and Australian Story, Labor in Power, The Howard Years and 100 Years: The Australian Story.
Bruce Belsham, head of ABC’s current affairs, commended her contribution to the show.
“She has not been at Four Corners for the entire time, and she has achieved to her own high standards elsewhere inside and outside the ABC, but her relationship with Four Corners is special and her value to the program has been immense,” he said.
“The program under her leadership has set agendas and won countless awards, including the Gold Walkley and a number of Logies.
“I’ve seen Sue’s tenacity, journalistic courage, work ethic and leadership up close for a long time. It’s truly impressive. From a personal and professional point of view I’m sad to see her go, but I congratulate her on leaving a tremendous legacy at a time that suits her.”
“It’s time for me to do something different. It’s been the best gig in the world and I’m going to miss it terribly. I just want to have a bit of a break and use that time to decide what I’m going to do next,” Spencer told Fairfax.