A Crikey reader writes:

Re the Walkleys:
This makes interesting reading. Sarah Ferguson from Channel nine is a judge. She is also the wife of the
first nominee Tony Jones and unless this is a misprint she was an entrant in the
section she judged and in fact received an honourable mention

JUDGES – TELEVISION CURRENT AFFAIRS REPORTING (LESS THAN
20 MINUTES)

Rob Raschke, director of news, Seven Brisbane
Paul Williams, former head
of news and current affairs, ABC
Sarah Ferguson, reporter, Sunday, Nine
Network

TELEVISION CURRENT AFFAIRS REPORTING (LESS THAN 20
MINUTES)
FINALISTS
Tony Jones,Margot O’Neill, Tom Iggulden, Hamish Fitzsimmons,

Lateline, ABC TV, “Vivian Solon Found”
Tim Palmer, ABC TV, “Aceh Tsunami
and Aceh Ark”
Suzanne Smith, Lateline, ABC TV, “Kids’ Club”

JUDGES –
TELEVISION CURRENT AFFAIRS, FEATURE, DOCUMENTARY
OR SPECIAL (MORE THAN 20
MINUTES)
Steve Wood, former executive producer, Today, Nine Network
Deb
Richards, freelance contributor
Jenny Cornish, executive production and
distribution, Jennifer Cornish Media

TELEVISION CURRENT AFFAIRS,
FEATURE, DOCUMENTARY OR
SPECIAL (MORE THAN 20 MINUTES) FINALISTS
Helen
Grasswill, Australian Story, ABC TV, “The Gathering Storm”
Belinda Hawkins,
Claire Forster, Angela Trabucco, Australian Story, ABC
TV, “Burnt by the
Sun”
Liz Jackson, Peter Cronau, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Secrets and Lies”

Commended:
Sarah Ferguson, Nick Rushworth, Sunday, Nine Network,
“The Field of
Broken Dreams”

Anonymous writes:

Stephen Mayne’s article today mentions ABC and Fairfax dominating the
Walkleys … but expect a stoush between the two dominant Walkley players about
who broke the Cornelia Rau story. According to the write-up in the Oz today
(Media pg 16) – The Age’s Andra Jackson is a finalist for exposing the
wrongful detention of Cornelia Rau Trouble is, she didn’t. Early this year,
the Age did a yarn about a Mystery German woman in Baxter and left it at
that. It was a team from the ABC Newsroom in Adelaide the broke the story that
she was in fact an Australian resident. The ABC identified her, interviewed her
family and exposed the fact that she’d been in detention for 10 months. Sure,
The Age knew of a mystery woman, but the ABC solved the mystery and exposed the
injustice of the wrongful and lengthy detention of a mentally ill Australian
resident. The Age followed it up the following day.

An anonymous former ABC staffer writes:

Also another finalist in this category Cameron Stewart, of The Australian, “20
Seconds to Disaster – The Story of HMAS Dechaineux”, got nominated despite his
story being a ‘gift’ to him from the government.

The Belinda
Hawkins, Claire Forster, Angela Trabucco, Australian Story, ABC TV, “Burnt by
the Sun”, had been chosen as a finalist against another Aus Story piece, despite
causing a furore amongst staff after complaints to the EP and the Head of News
Current Affairs by the subject of the story – Lance Collins – that he’d been conned into
appearing.

Four Corners’ Matthew Carney, Morag Ramsay, Anne Connolly, Four
Corners, ABC TV, “Whale Wars” got a nomination for International Journalism,
despite looking like it was handed the good news story by the federal
minister.

Four Corners favourite Sally Neighbour, and Lin Buckfield, Jo
Puccini, Four Corners, ABC TV, “The Kilwa Incident”, was nominated but in the
wrong category. It should have got the award for most expensive ABC story of the
year, coming in at just a whisker over $125,000 in costs on top.

There’s
more…stay tuned.

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