John Lyons, Associate Editor (Digital Content) at The Australian, is to join ABC News as Head of Investigative and In-depth Journalism.
The role previously called Head of Current Affairs was held by Bruce Belsham for 5 years.
It encompasses current affairs teams and programs across broadcast and digital, including 7.30, Australian Story, Four Corners, Q&A, Insiders, Offsiders, Lateline, Foreign Correspondent, Behind the News, AM, PM, The World Today and Correspondents Report.
Lyons is a three-time Walkley Award winner, with previous roles including Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Executive Producer of the Nine Network’s Sunday program, and a foreign correspondent in Washington, New York and Jerusalem.
ABC Director, News Gaven Morris said, “As platforms and channels change, information outlets multiply and fake news proliferates, the demand for trusted sources of information, well-told stories and quality, news-breaking journalism is greater than ever.
“The centrepiece at ABC News is always the journalism, and John will play a key role in delivering our best in-depth and investigative reporting to all Australian audiences when, where and how they want to consume it.”
Lyons said: “After ten great years at The Australian, I’m delighted to be joining the ABC in this important role at a time when independent public interest journalism is more vital than ever.
“With people increasingly getting their news and information through different means, it is crucial we are able to present strong investigative journalism on digital platforms. The ABC is committed both to investigative journalism and to telling stories in ways relevant to a changing society.”