The ABC has announced the new leaders of three of its key editorial teams, with Matthew Carney to take over as Executive Producer of Four Corners, Morag Ramsay as Executive Producer of Foreign Correspondent and Joel Tozer as Executive Producer of 7.30.
All three are accomplished journalists and producers whose outstanding public interest journalism has been recognised with multiple awards.
Carney first joined the ABC in 1995. Currently EP of Foreign Correspondent, he has previously been a Four Corners reporter, North Asia Bureau Chief and China Bureau Chief.
Ramsay joined the ABC in 1996, working for ABC Radio Sydney, and went on to work for Lateline and Four Corners, where she has been Supervising Producer since 2015.
Tozer has worked in reporting and production roles for the ABC, SBS and Nine, most recently as a producer on Nine’s 60 Minutes. Last year he shared the Melbourne Press Club Quill Award for Investigative Journalism for reporting that exposed the activities of neo-Nazi groups in Australia, work which led the head of ASIO to acknowledge far-right groups as a terrorist threat.
Justin Stevens, ABC Director, News:
“Leading 7.30, Four Corners and Foreign Correspondent are three of the most important jobs in Australian journalism. I’m delighted to have editorial leaders of the calibre of Matthew Carney, Joel Tozer and Morag Ramsay taking up these vital roles – they are three of the most talented journalists in the Australian media.
“Four Corners is a program that changes Australia for the better. For decades it has been at the forefront of documentary making in this country. Its journalism must be bold and brave, speak truth to power, expose injustices, trigger national debates and inquiries and tell the stories others dare not.
“It is 30 years this week since the first episode of Foreign Correspondent went to air, in 1992. It has been Australia’s leading international current affairs program ever since and remains a key part of what we do. With the current complexities and conflicts in our region and around the globe, it is more important than ever.
“Every night 7.30 holds to account Australia’s most powerful people and organisations and tells the key stories of the day. 7.30 is about to start an exciting new chapter and Joel’s experience and skills make him the right person to take it forward from here. From July he will work closely with incoming presenter Sarah Ferguson, Chief Political Correspondent Laura Tingle and a very talented team to continue to provide this essential service for audiences.
“ABC News is committed to delivering the nation’s best and bravest investigative journalism and public interest reporting on behalf of all Australians and we’re looking forward to seeing what Matthew, Joel and Morag do leading these exceptionally talented teams.”
“I am truly honoured to take on what I believe is the best job in Australian journalism. As a reporter at Four Corners for eight years I saw first-hand the immense power and impact this program has. It’s a mission that’s more important than ever and I will safeguard and strengthen it.
“As Executive Producer of the program I feel the weight and privilege of this very important role and I look forward to working with an immensely talented and dedicated team. Four Corners has the highest standards of journalism at its heart and I want to enhance the production values and storytelling so its reporting can continue to shine bright.”
“I am thrilled at the prospect of leading the Foreign Correspondent team. It was one of my original inspirations for becoming a journalist and filmmaker.
“The program has never been more important in a time of global uncertainty, and I can’t wait to join them. A roving brief to cover the world is a dream come true.”
“I’m thrilled to be returning to the ABC to lead the powerhouse team at 7.30.
“It’s an irresistible opportunity to work alongside the formidable Sarah Ferguson and the program’s trusted team of journalists, producers, editors and crews.
“I’m looking forward to 7.30 continuing to deliver news, exclusive interviews, investigations and political analysis that speaks to all Australians.”
About Matthew Carney
Matthew Carney first joined the ABC in 1995 as a reporter and a producer on 7.30, Foreign Correspondent and for ABC Documentaries. After a time running his own production company he rejoined the ABC in 2005 as a reporter on Four Corners. Highlights of his reporting include an expose of the Australian Special Forces’ “targeted killing” program in Afghanistan for the Walkley Award-winning “In Their Sights”; shocking but intimate portrayals of crystal meth addicts in “The Ice Age”; a series of reports on coal seam gas companies, including “The Gas Rush”; and an investigation of the WA ambulance service (“Out of Time”) that triggered a government inquiry.
He was subsequently appointed North Asia Bureau Chief and then China Bureau Chief before becoming EP of Foreign Correspondent in 2018. In the course of his career he has reported from more than 50 countries, including more than a dozen war zones. His awards include three Walkleys, a Logie Award, two UN Peace Prizes and Gold and Silver awards at the New York TV and Film Awards.
About Morag Ramsay
Morag Ramsay is a multi-award winning investigative journalist and filmmaker. After joining ABC Radio in Sydney as a producer in 1996 she went on to work as a researcher at Lateline before joining Four Corners in 2000 as a field producer, working alongside some of the true greats of Australian journalism, including Chris Masters, Liz Jackson, Sally Neighbour and Sarah Ferguson.
Travelling around Australia and the world on assignment, her work has covered terrorism, national security crises and political intrigue and exposed corruption and regulatory failures, in the true tradition of holding power to account. Since becoming Four Corners Supervising Producer in 2015 she has driven the program’s digital transformation, allowing it to reach new audiences across multiple platforms. Ramsay has won three Walkley Awards and during her tenure as Supervising Producer Four Corners has won 17 Walkleys and three Logie Awards and prompted four royal commissions.
About Joel Tozer
Joel Tozer is a Walkley award winning journalist and TV producer who has worked on major current affairs programs and documentaries across ABC, SBS, 60 Minutes at Nine and STAN. He has covered breaking news stories around the world and worked on long-term investigations with significant impact. He’s passionate about public interest journalism, exposing corruption and powerful storytelling.
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