Legendary ABC journalist, Kerry O’Brien, has been inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame.
O’Brien’s media career spans more than fifty years, thirty three of them at the ABC, starting on This Day Tonight.
He was the inaugural presenter of Lateline for six years, the editor and presenter of 7.30 for fifteen years, and the presenter of Four Corners for five.
O’Brien has specialised in national politics for the ABC as well as the Seven and 10 networks.
“The ABC has never been the sole bastion of good journalism, but I was always at my natural home,” he said.
O’Brien took aim at ABC budget cuts, prejudice against journalism, with a message to every person working at ABC.
“My message to every person working in Aunty’s embrace today is simple: keep your heads held high and your eye firmly fix odd delivering programs of relevance, quality and integrity for people in every corner of Australia.”
He also called on the Australian public to fight for the ABC, citing the recent AFP raids on the broadcaster’s Sydney headquarters.
“Don’t ever again allow politicians diminish the public broadcaster. It is one of the most precious institutions we have.”
He also highlighted the failure to recognise Indigenous Australians and acknowledging the Uluru statement.
Avoiding the word ‘journey,’ he closed by saying, “This has been a wonderful road to have been allowed to have travelled. Thanks to all of you, especially those of you in the living rooms of Australia.”
O’Brien now adds the Hall of Fame award to his six Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley.
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