The ABC has revealed plans to produce a series of documentaries covering Australia’s recent political history.
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Three new ABC News projects will explore the main driving forces, the most colourful personalities and the key achievements and controversies from across the Australian political landscape.
Executive Producer of Four Corners and part of the award-winning team behind both Labor in Power and The Howard Years, Sue Spenser will lead a team including 7.30 Political Editor, Chris Uhlmann as writer/interviewer on a documentary series exploring Labor’s most recent tumultuous period in power from 2007 to 2013.
Executive Producer of Landline, Ben Hawke and experienced political reporter, Heather Ewart have been commissioned to produce a series examining the National Party, one of the most influential yet under-explored forces in Australian politics.
Kerry O’Brien, one of Australia’s most experienced political interviewers, will follow up his Clive James profile with a multi-part, interview-based series on Paul Keating.
This project, co-produced by Ben Hawke and Justin Stevens, will deliver insights from one of Australia’s most colourful political leaders during Australia’s transition from an old to a new economy.
Managing Director at ABC, Mark Scott said Australians traditionally turned to the ABC for in-depth coverage and analysis of politics.
“Our coverage of the 2013 Federal Election campaign across all platforms led the way in providing more depth, more analysis and more information to more Australians than ever before,” Mr Scott said.
“On top of that, the ABC has a tradition, going back 20 years, of providing engaging and popular documentaries that explore our political history. I am delighted that this tradition continues with these exciting new programs.”
The new Labor and Nationals documentaries will both be developed and produced for broadcast in 2014; the Keating interviews will air later this year. All three will be seen on ABC1.
Edition 379, 17 September 2013