24 April, 2024
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Two ground-breaking ABC investigations won top honours at the Australian Sports Commission Awards on Wednesday night.

An ABC News Tasmania team led by Jessica Moran, Chris Rowbottom, Andy Burns and Charlotte King took home the award for Best coverage of a community sport issue – rural & regional media for their report ‘Stacking the Odds: Inside a Tasmanian harness racing juggernaut’.

The revelations in their harness racing investigation led to the Ray Murrihy inquiry, which made scathing findings about the state of the industry.

ABC National Sport Reporter, David Mark, was the joint winner of Best reporting of an issue in sport for his investigation into paedophile rock climbing coach Stephen Mitchell.

And ABC Sport’s Samantha Lewis was highly commended in the category of Best sport profile – written for her piece ‘Meet Angela Iannotta, Australia’s forgotten World Cup pioneer’.

The ASC Media Awards have been running for more than 21 years and recognise excellence in Australian sports journalism, broadcasting, production and photography.

Other ABC finalists were:

Best sport coverage by an individual – broadcast

  • Corbin Middlemas, ABC Sport

Best sport podcast

  • ABC Sport Daily, Patrick Stack / ABC Sport

Best coverage of a community sport issue– rural & regional media

Best coverage of sport for people with disability

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