After a distinguished and award-winning career with the ABC, including seven years as executive producer of Four Corners, Sally Neighbour has decided to leave the public broadcaster later this year. She has been EP of Four Corners since 2015.
Neighbour’s other roles with the ABC have included reporting for news and 7.30, overseas postings in Beijing and Hong Kong, presenting Lateline, working as a senior investigative journalist on Four Corners and being executive producer of 7.30.
Neighbour said of her departure: “It’s been an extraordinary honour and privilege to lead this amazing program for the past seven years and to work with the fearless, dedicated team of journalists and program makers who keep it at the forefront of Australian journalism.
“I have absolutely loved the role and the people I work with and I want to thank them all for their tireless commitment to holding power to account in this country and abroad.
“I know Four Corners is safe and strong in their hands. For me, it’s time for a long holiday and some new adventures.”
ABC managing director, David Anderson, commented: “Sally Neighbour’s career, both as an award-winning reporter and as Executive Producer of Four Corners, stands as an exceptional contribution to Australian journalism.
“She has led a ground-breaking team of journalists at Four Corners and under her leadership the program has delivered some of the most important public interest investigations of recent years. I would like to congratulate her on all of her achievements.”
Acting director News, Gavin Fang, said: “Four Corners has for 60 years been Australia’s premier investigative reporting program and Sally Neighbour has played a key role in that achievement.
“She has brought to the public hundreds of important and compelling stories which have had a significant impact on this nation. Neighbour has been a warrior of public interest journalism, fearless in holding the powerful to account on behalf of the Australian public.”
ABC head of investigative & in-depth journalism, John Lyons, added: “During her seven years as executive producer of Four Corners Sally Neighbour has been a powerful advocate of investigative journalism.
“Under Sally’s tenure the program has exposed injustices across the Australian community. During her time, four Royal Commissions were called following investigations by the program – into the banking and financial services industry, water theft in the Murray Darling Basin, the aged care industry and the NT’s youth justice system. Under Sally’s leadership the program has won a remarkable 17 Walkley Awards.
“After 60 years, Four Corners is the longest-running current affairs program on Australian television. Sally has ensured that after six decades it is as committed as it ever has been in its determination to inform the Australian public.”