ABC Head of Current Affairs to retire

Bruce Belsham, ABC’s Head of Current Affairs, is retiring from the ABC at the end of June.

Belsham has headed up Current Affairs for the past five years, across television, radio and digital, including Four Corners, 7.30, Australian Story, Foreign Correspondent, Lateline, Insiders and Offsiders, Behind the News and radio shows AM, PM and The World Today.

He has worked at ABC for more than three decades, producing the Gold Walkley Award-winning investigation into the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, plus Power in the Pacific, Frontier, The Liberals, Top Floor and The Vietnam Peace and was Executive Producer of Four Corners for seven years.

“I’ve had several different careers during my time at the ABC, across investigative journalism, documentary-making, digital innovation, and senior editorial management, and all of them have been extremely rewarding. However, it is time to move on from full-time management roles and pursue other projects,” he said.

Director, News Gaven Morris said: “Bruce Belsham’s work has been integral to the high standing and success of ABC current affairs and documentary for many years. He leaves the ABC’s Current Affairs team in excellent shape and poised for significant future growth, with its traditional strength as an industry leader in radio and television being successfully expanded across our digital channels to reach new and broader audiences.

“In-depth and investigative journalism has never been more important, and from next week we’ll be seeking a replacement to fill Bruce’s sizeable shoes.”


  1. Not that I take much interest in the internal workings of the ABC but is there a possibility that the left leaning credentials of ABC journalism going to start righting itself. If Barrie Cassidy retires it will be all the confirmation needed.

    • Secret Squïrrel

      Don’t use Cassidy to tar ABC’s entire News & CAff. If you had watched Leigh Sales’ political interviews over the last few years, you’d swear that she has a crush on certain Liberal ministers (and one Prime one).

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