Kerry O’Brien joins Four Corners

15 October, 2010 by IF

Press release from ABC



Fifty years after it began, the ABC’s flagship investigative program Four Corners will return to its original format next year, with Kerry O’Brien as host.

O’Brien will embrace a tradition that began with the legendary Michael Charlton and continued with names like Mike Willesee, Caroline Jones, Andrew Olle and Liz Jackson.

“Kerry worked for Four Corners as a reporter in the 1970’s and again in the1980’s, before presenting Lateline and then The 7.30 Report,” said ABC News Director Kate Torney. “This is a great way for Four Corners to mark such a major milestone in Australian journalism of 50 years on air.”

The Executive Producer of Four Corners, Sue Spencer, says she is delighted to have Kerry on board for next year.

“The great strength of the program will continue to be the long-form journalism produced by the reporters and producers,” said Ms Spencer, “but Kerry will be the new face of the program, and his skills as a presenter and interviewer will give us added flexibility and depth in the studio.”

Kerry O’Brien will leave The 7.30 Report in December. His part-time commitment with Four Corners will start when the program resumes in February.

“It will be like going home to the most enduring and respected name in Australian television,” O’Brien said.