ABC announces their hipster 730 producer Justin Stevens promotion to national head of news.
Thursday, 31 March 2022
This is a critical appointment.
National news editor for Australia's largest media organisation.
Before we get to the ABC's press release announcing Justin Stevens appointment to run the show and decide what is and isn't news, here are just a few of our reports on him.
How very ABC to put him in charge.
The ABC is pleased to announce Justin Stevens has been appointed Director, ABC News, Analysis and Investigations.
Justin brings extensive journalism experience and editorial leadership to the position built across two decades and senior editorial positions in current affairs.
In his former role as 7.30 Executive Producer, Justin has for four years been responsible for leading and managing the ABC’s agenda-setting flagship daily current affairs program.
His appointment as Director follows a comprehensive recruitment process involving both internal and external applicants.
The appointment is effective from Monday 4 April.
ABC Managing Director David Anderson:
“Justin has a proven track record in editorial leadership across complex issues and events. Together with the ABC News Executive team, Justin will lead the next stage of the ABC News strategy to be more accessible, valuable and relevant to Australians across all platforms, with the highest quality journalism always at the core.
“Justin fully understands the challenges and opportunities the ABC faces as an essential public service in the digital media era.
“I want to thank the members of the ABC News Executive for their support during this recruitment process, especially Gavin Fang, who has done an exceptional job acting in the News Director role and who will continue to play a crucial role in the work of ABC News into the future.
“This is a key appointment for the ABC and it comes amid major news events – the continuing effects of the COVID pandemic, the war in Ukraine, domestic issues such as the rising cost of living, and the upcoming federal election.
“It’s a position that requires exceptional editorial leadership, and Justin will be outstanding in the role.”
“I’m incredibly proud to be part of ABC News and it’s an honour to be given the opportunity to lead this great team.
“The ABC celebrates 90 years this year and ABC News is a huge part of its proud heritage.
“Australians trust ABC News to deliver the quality public interest journalism and services they need and which are a key part of a healthy democracy. That job is more vital than ever.”
About Justin Stevens
Justin’s first job in the media was in 2005 as a researcher for the Nine Network on Sunday and for Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals.
He joined the ABC in December 2006 and worked as a producer and a supervising producer on 7.30 until 2014. His work there included producing key Australian political and feature interviews for presenters Kerry O’Brien and Leigh Sales, including with Barack Obama, Tony Blair, Sir David Attenborough, Woody Allen and the Dalai Lama, and working on breaking news coverage.
In 2013 he was a producer on the four-part ABC series “Keating: the Interviews” with Kerry O’Brien.
In 2014-2015 he was a producer on the three-part series “The Killing Season” with Sarah Ferguson, which won an AACTA Award for Best Documentary and a Logie Award for outstanding public affairs report.
From 2015-2017 Justin worked on Four Corners, producing programs including the Hillary Clinton interview special; a money laundering investigation; the “Leaders” election special; profiles of Clive Palmer and Bill Shorten; and a program on territorial disputes in the South China Sea. He produced “The Siege”, the two-part special on Sydney’s Lindt Café siege which won the 2018 Logie Award for outstanding news coverage.
In 2018 Justin was appointed Executive Producer of national nightly current affairs flagship 7.30, leading a team that sets the news agenda, goes in-depth on the biggest stories of the day and investigates and breaks stories of national significance.
Night after night, 7.30 delivers the key interviews with the top politicians, public figures and newsmakers from Australia and around the world. Its extensive record of public interest journalism includes long-running investigations on topics such as the Centrelink “robodebt” scheme and Melbourne’s quarantine hotel inquiry; breaking stories on decisions in grant allocations by former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian; in-depth reporting on Indigenous issues; and extensive reporting out of regional and rural Australia.
Under Justin’s watch 7.30 has grown its broadcast and digital audience. In 2021 its national audience averaged 980,000 viewers a night with an audience share of almost 13% in metro markets and 12.5% in regional areas.
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About ABC NEWS
ABC NEWS is Australia’s most trusted source of news and information, committed to providing public interest journalism and services that are accessible, relevant and valuable for all Australians.
ABC NEWS has newsrooms in each state and territory capital plus Parramatta, Geelong and Ipswich, and overseas posts in Bangkok, Beirut, Istanbul (from May 2022), Jakarta, Jerusalem, London, New Delhi, Port Moresby, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington. It also draws on the reporters and teams working in the ABC’s network of regional and local newsrooms throughout Australia.
ABC NEWS programs and services include:
- ABC NEWS online. Australia’s leading online news brand with 17.5 million average weekly users across the website and mobile app, plus channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.
- Flagship TV and digital brands including News Breakfast, 7.30, Australian Story,Four Corners, Foreign Correspondent, Insiders, Q+A, The Drum and the eight state and territory editions of the 7pm News.
- ABC NEWS TV channel. Australia’s most-watched and trusted 24-hour news channel with a national weekly broadcast reach of 16% of Australians in 2021 plus 250,000 daily livestreams on ABC iview and YouTube.
- Radio/audio programs and services including AM, PM and The World Today, podcast ABC News Daily and News Stream, the most listened-to on-demand service on the ABC Listen app.
- ABC News Radio. A 24-hour service with continuous national coverage of opinion-free, independent and factual news.
- Behind the News. The world’s longest running news show for kids. Around a million people engage with BTN content every week.
- Asia-Pacific Newsroom. Produces stories across digital, video and audio platforms in multiple languages, including Chinese, Bahasa Indonesian and Tok Pisin; broadcasts to the Pacific via Radio Australia’s flagship programs Pacific Beat, Pacific Review and Wantok; and produces nightly TV program The World.
For more information
Nick Leys, ABC Communications