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ABC News and Current Affairs is the name of the division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that controls content classified as News, Public Affairs and Business and Finance.

However, the other divisions of the ABC also produce a range of programming within these genres. All such content is covered here.


ABC Television and ABC Online VOD



Current Affairs

Business and Finance



Asia Pacific

  • Asia Pacific Focus (aka "Focus") [7]
  • Australia Network News (aka "ABC Asia Pacific News")
  • NewsHour with Jim Middleton [8]
  • Business Today [9]

For Children

ABC Radio programs

Current Affairs

Radio National


Radio Australia

Triple J

ABC Rural

ABC Local Radio

ABC Current Affairs

The ABC produces many current affairs programmes, including The 7.30 Report and Lateline. These programmes often use resources or reports from one another. For instance, an Asia-Pacific-based report from the week's Foreign Correspondent will be edited for use during that same week's Asia-Pacific Focus programme.

News reports from ABC News are also edited, often with new material added on, for use on that night's Lateline.

The ABC's Current Affairs department has also won a whole host of awards over the years.

ABC Public Affairs

Apart from the usual coverage of Public Affairs & Politics during programmes such as ABC News, Lateline and The 7.30 Report, the ABC has a dedicated hour-long Public Affairs programme every Sunday at 9am, Insiders, which is hosted by Barrie Cassidy. The programme comprises a news update, an interview with a prominent political figure (usually a Federal Government minister or Opposition spokesperson), two reviews of the week (one of political cartoons, the other of the political situation) and a discussion of the week in politics and public affairs with a panel of guests, most of whom are from prominent newspapers.

The programme is produced in Melbourne, hence the use of the nearby Australia Network ABC News set for both the news updates and Inside Business (which follows Insiders).



  • Politics: Chris Uhlmann (chief correspondent), Jim Middleton (journalist), Greg Jennett
  • Finance: Alan Kohler
  • National Security: Leigh Sales

Radio and Television

  • Foreign Affairs: Peter Cave, Michael Maher, Graeme Dobell
  • Africa: Andrew Geoghan, David Hardaker, Mark Willacy
  • Europe: Jane Hutcheon, Rafael Epstein
  • London: Stephanie Kennedy
  • Moscow: Scott Bevan (announced January 2008)
  • Russia & North Europe: Emma Griffiths
  • Middle East: David Hardaker, Matt Brown (not to be confused with ABC News' Victorian sports reporter of the same name), Peter George
  • New Zealand: Peter Lewis
  • Pacific: Sean Dorney
  • China: John Taylor, Steven McDonald
  • North Asia: Shane McLeod (also often transferred to other Asian areas)
  • South East Asia: Peter Lloyd
  • Indonesia: Geoff Thompson
  • United States of America: Jill Colgan, Mark Simkin
  • Washington: Michael Rowland

Special ABC Correspondents

There are a few ABC Correspondents who usually report or present ABC programmes in Australia but are sent overseas to cover special events. Such ABC Correspondents usually have an area of speciality and have reported in a certain area before. Peter Cave is the ABC's senior foreign affairs correspondent and travels all over the world to cover breaking stories.

During the Solomon Islands crisis of April 2006, Phillip Williams, the presenter of Stateline in the Australian Capital Territory, was sent across to report on events there. As a result, Sean Dorney, the ABC's designated Pacific Correspondent, moved across to ABC Radio News and Current Affairs to cover the Solomons Crisis for them.

During the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, various ABC Correspondents were moved around the region. Foreign Affairs Editor Peter Cave, Emma Griffiths, former Middle East Correspondent Jane Hutcheon and former Africa Correspondent Sally Sara, along with Matt Brown and David Hardaker, took turns covering the crisis from either side of the border.

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