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Inside Facebook

Monday 6 August at 8:30pm

The undercover investigation exposing how Facebook decides what you see.

“Video of someone dying is not necessarily going to be a delete but it might be a ‘Mark as Disturbing’.” Trainer
Facebook says it’s on a mission to be the place where people connect and “bring the world closer together”. More than a billion people are on the social networking site every day, posting their thoughts, pictures, and videos. But alongside the family photos and FOMO inducing holiday videos is content that is truly disturbing.
“That’s self-harm. And they look fresh, those cuts.” Moderator

The decision making by Facebook over what it will, or will not allow on its platform has been opaque, until now.
“Just bear in mind that we all have to follow the Facebook policy no matter what our personal opinions are. We have to follow this.” Trainer

A British investigation has exposed the inner workings of the social media giant to reveal how and why content moderation decisions are made.

“If you start censoring too much then people lose interest in the platform.” Moderator

An undercover reporter, training as a content moderator, is taken through the rules of the network, secretly filming the process, as judgements are made on everything from child abuse to the human consumption of live rats and the racist ranting of a far-right activists.

“‘He looks after stinking Muslim immigrants’ – I think that’s fine.” Moderator

The film, which premiered in Britain three weeks ago, caused uproar in the UK and prompted an apology from Facebook for the practices revealed.

“It’s for spreading awareness. If they wanted to put up ‘This is what these girls did’ or ‘Look, I want to find these girls and bring them to justice’…It would be unfair for Facebook to say you can’t have it on the site.” Moderator
And it examines the consequences for people personally affected by Facebook’s decision making.

“My friend phoned me up and she’s like, ‘have you been on Facebook’? And she’s like, ‘there’s a video of your daughter’.” Mother

Concerns about Facebook’s practices and its business model have prompted one of its early influential backers to issue a warning.

“When you have $40 billion in sales and tens of billions of profit per year you pretty much have an obligation to do everything in your power to make sure that you’re not making the world worse for the users of your product.” Facebook investor and mentor to Mark Zuckerberg

Inside Facebook, from Ch 4 Dispatches, presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 6th August at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 7th August at 1.00pm and Wednesday 8th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at


Beauty’s New Normal

Monday 13 August at 8:30pm

“Hi guys! So this is my boob job vlog, I’m sooo excited! This is how you choose your breast size!” YouTube star

Welcome to the new world of enhanced “beauty” where there’s nothing natural about the faces and bodies created by cosmetic procedures.

Fuelled by social media influencers on Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat, cosmetic surgery has entered the mainstream.

“What I’m finding is, instead of hiding it, like they would have a few years ago, most people are kind of flaunting it…I’ve had my lips done, I’ve had my cheeks done. I’ve had a little bit in my jaw.” Social media influencer

The “Insta Effect” of social media has seen growing numbers of young women choosing to alter their appearance, as though it’s as simple as buying a new set of clothes.

“The problem I get is that people perceive a cosmetic procedure to have limited or no risk and only upside, and that’s not the case.” Surgeon

Doctors offering cosmetic surgery are becoming social media stars in their own right and it’s redefining the meaning of their doctor/patient relations.

“They write to you… ‘Look, here’s my Insta page, I’ve got this many loyal followers. If you perform surgery for me, I will promote you on my page.’” Surgeon

From dermal fillers and Botox, to butt lifts and breast implants, women are undergoing treatments that could change their lives forever, and not in the ways they were expecting.

“It looked deformed. It was sitting way higher than the other one. It was very out of shape.” Patient

Reporter Louise Milligan has uncovered cases of women left disfigured and in pain, struggling to find the money to afford corrective surgery to give them back their dignity.

Underpinning the growth in the industry is a business model targeting women who can barely afford the procedures by selling the dream of a dream of a “new you”.

“It was all about accessible surgery, advertising price point, that you can change your life for a coffee a day. You know, someone who has low self-esteem, who has low confidence, especially after going through a divorce or being on a single parenting pension.”

As this investigation shows, when things go wrong, the physical and financial costs are devastating.

“I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t do anything but sit there and cry in agony because it got to the point where it was so bad.” Patient

Doctors left to pick up the pieces are warning that the booming industry is creating a dangerous legacy.

“It scares me. This is a big problem. And it’s going to get bigger.” Surgeon

Beauty’s New Normal, reported by Louise Milligan and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 13th August at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 14th at 1.00pm and Wednesday 15th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at


Parenting 101

Monday 20 August 2018

Learning how to become a better parent.

“You don’t naturally know what to do as a mum. It doesn’t come to you like that, it’s learnt. You have to work at being a parent.” Mother of two

Having a child is supposed to be the most natural thing in the world, but knowing how to raise one can be another thing entirely. Even in the most loving families, parenthood can be incredibly daunting.

“Sometimes things can be a facade.Things can be all well and done, and dressed beautifully, but I think we have to recognise what’s happening inside.” Mother of two

Some parents struggle to know how to keep their children safe and happy, leaving them feeling inadequate and in real need of help.

“I kind of hit a bit of a brick wall in terms of my emotions. I think when you suppress a lot of it, you kind of, you’re going to blow, in a sense, if things kind of keep building up. There is a point. There is a limit.” Mother of two

On Monday, Four Corners brings you the story of three mothers determined to learn how to change the way they raise their children.

“Everything I’ve been learning I have been trying to implement in our day to day life to improve everything for the children.” Mother of two

With extensive access to the pioneering Safecare program for parents whose children are at risk of neglect or harm, Four Corners follows these families, and the social workers teaching them, as they learn back to basic skills .

“It is not good for children to not have that routine and not going to bed at proper times and not getting the sleep they require.” Social worker

With great honesty, these mothers open up about dealing with difficult children, who need more than just their love.

“He’s a nightmare, I know that sounds horrible, but that is the way he is…He’s very wild, out of control, rebellious. He’s not so affectionate.” Mother of three

Four Corners charts how the parenting program helps these families get their lives back on track.

“The house for the children now is a lot safer than it used to be. There’s still things for me to work on and improve but Bev is going to help me out, getting me sorted and pointing in the right direction to fix it all.” Mother of two

With the support of their social workers and their own determination to make a difference, changes start to happen.

“The change in (his) behaviour: it’s a lot less aggressive. A lot less physical…Much happier. …He is much more loving. So I guess that fighting taken out every day made him much more loving, which is nice.” Mother of a toddler

The course is not just bringing practical skills into the home, it’s giving these mothers hope for the future.

“It’s amazing where life can bring you and how new things can happen but I’d say I am a lot more calmer, a lot more relaxed.” Mother of two

“I’ve got my fingers crossed…I think (she) could really finish this course and really make a big change in her life.” Social worker

Parenting 101, written and directed by Janine Cohen and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 20thAugust at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 21st August at 1.00pm and Wednesday 22nd at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at


A Form of Madness

Monday 27 August 2018

This special Four Corners investigation takes you inside a political catastrophe.

We chart the rise and fall of Malcolm Turnbull and the enemies that stalked him from within.

A Form of Madness, goes to air on Monday 27th August at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 21st August at 1.00pm and Wednesday 22nd at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at

Liberal Leadership Spill - Coverage Discussion


Posting this here to avoid the ratings thread being clogged

I was disappointed by that Four Corners special - it was merely a timeline of the events which lead to last week’s events interspersed with interviews which didn’t really offer a lot of new insights not already known. The way the episode was built up over the weekend, was expecting a bit more than it delivered


Populist Revolution

Monday 3 September at 8:30pm

Populist Revolution: Steve Bannon’s new world disorder.

“This revolution is global. It’s coming to Australia.” Steve Bannon

As the Liberal Party tries to piece itself back together after the chaos of last week, Four Corners brings you an interview with the man hoping to overthrow the entire political class.

“I think that Australia is going to be a hotbed of populism.”

Steve Bannon put Donald Trump in the White House and rewrote the rules of modern politics along the way. Described as the most dangerous political operative in America, the strategist, renegade Republican and professional provocateur channeled the anger and disappointment of those who felt left behind by globalism to install Donald Trump as president.

“There’s a lot of anger out there and I think that this anger can be harnessed.”

Now, he’s taking his cause to the world in a crusade to “save” western civilisation, as the leader of a global populist-nationalist movement. He calls it a revolution.

“Populism is about getting decision making away from a set of kind of global elites…and get it back to working class people.”

In an age of upheaval, he sees opportunity. After playing a key role in Britain’s Brexit campaign, he’s been forging links with right wing nationalist groups across Europe, including the French National Front.

Australia is next on his radar. He’s identified Australia as ripe for his brand of revolution and plans to bring it here.

Australia is at the tip of the spear on this .”

In an interview with Sarah Ferguson, Bannon outlines his manifesto for change and why it resonates with people around the world.

"It doesn’t matter how many liberal journalists come in here and say ‘Oh this is a bunch of fascists, this is a bunch of Nazis, this is a bunch of racists.’ This… is not going to stop.” Steve Bannon

Populist Revolution, reported and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 3rd September at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 4th August at 1.00pm and Wednesday 5th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at


Agree with you somewhat, don’t forget though most Four Corners reports takes weeks, often months to get to air, this was done in days.

I imagine late 2019 we’ll see a three part series on what happened last week.


Manchester Bomb - Our Story

10 September at 8:30pm

The teenage survivors rebuilding their lives.

“My main present for Christmas last year was my Ariana Grande ticket…I’d never been to a concert before, so we were absolutely buzzing!” Caitlin

They were young girls and teenagers, on a night out to see their favourite pop star. Many were attending a concert, without their parents for the first time.

“Everything was just really exciting, really, it was new.” Izzy

As the show ended, a terrorist detonated a home-made bomb packed with shrapnel.

“There was, like, music playing while we got up and I was just making my way out onto the stairs and then we heard, like, a boom sound.” Niamh

22 people were killed, more than 250 injured and countless lives were impacted.

“We ran, and we were running for our lives. We didn’t know what the hell was going to happen next.” Charlotte

Filmed over many months, this program tells the story of several young survivors as they, and their families try to reclaim their lives.

“She wears a mask that to the outside world, she’s fine. She’s really not fine…People see this bright, bubbly, carefree girl, and I just think she wears this mask so well that sometimes she fools herself.” Erin’s mum

Some are able to return to their old routines, but in the privacy of their bedrooms, the girls reveal their struggles.

“It’s times when you kind of let your guard down a little bit and you try and enjoy yourself and then you feel guilty for feeling that way and you feel guilty for getting on with your life when other people can’t.” Niamh

Despite their darker days, some are trying to find inspiration for the future.

“It’s kind of made me realise like life is short and I want to do stuff and I want to get out there.” Amelia

Manchester Bomb - Our Story, from the BBC, and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 10th September at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 11th at 1.00pm and Wednesday 12th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at .


Who Cares

Monday 17 September at 8:30pm

Who Cares? “They’re all someone’s mum, someone’s dad.”

A special two-part investigation of the failings in aged care.

“They’re all someone’s mum, someone’s dad, someone’s brother, someone’s sister. They were all young once and they’re just forgotten.” Senior aged care consultant, NSW

On Monday Four Corners launches the first of a two-part special investigation into the treatment of the elderly in aged care homes.

“I was a personal carer in an aged care facility and I’m speaking out because people need to know what it’s really like in a nursing home.” Aged care worker, NSW

In the ABC’s biggest crowd sourced investigation, we asked our audience to share with us their experiences of the aged care industry. More than 4,000 responded.

“I’m speaking up today for people that don’t have a voice.” Senior aged care consultant, Victoria

Many of those who have come forward are professionals who have extensive experience in the industry and are concerned by what they have seen.

“I believe our elderly deserve to have better care.” Senior aged care consultant, NSW

In part one of this investigation, Four Corners examines the business of aged care and what that means for the vulnerable residents left in its care.

“When they go into have a look at a facility, they do see the glamour. They might see a sing along or a coffee club or something like that. They see the glitzy pictures and they don’t know about the ground level care.” Diversional therapist, Victoria

Families have also decided to speak out, with disturbing accounts of overworked staff and neglected residents.

“Within three weeks, she was no longer the person that she had been. Nan would never want to complain about things and when I was there I would verbally bring up things with the staff. No resolution was ever evident. And so I started filming it.” Granddaughter

With families and aged care workers from around the country, Four Corners reveals the shameful lack of care and dignity experienced by many elderly Australians.

Who Cares? reported by Anne Connolly and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 17th September at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 18th September at 1.00pm and Wednesday 19th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at


Who Cares - Part 2

Monday 24 September at 8:30pm



Monday 1 October 2018

Proud Country: A portrait of a community surviving the drought.

“You may be on a bed of roses today, but the thorns always prick. So you just got to pull yourself together. Everyone pull together.” Country Women’s Association Branch Secretary

On Monday night, Four Corners brings you a story from the heart of the drought, a portrait of the land and its people, where the lack of rain is biting hard.

“I’d be joking to say that it’s not tiring and I’m bit too old for this sort of stuff, but anyway, that’s how it is.” Farmer

It’s pushing some to breaking point, but many in this proud country community are doing all they can to give others the strength to carry on.

“Yesterday was very emotional. A little old lady rings me up and she said to me ‘I’m 92 I’m going to give you $2000’ and I thought ‘oh my godfather!’” Country Women’s Association Branch Secretary

The people of Quirindi live and work on rich black soil country that they like to boast is the best in the land. Except when it hasn’t rained properly for more than a year.

“I can remember looking at the cows and thinking, ‘Bloody hell, what are we going to do?’” Farmer

They opened their homes and their lives to reporter Michael Brissenden. Along the way, he encountered characters so large, they could have walked from the pages of Banjo Paterson story.

“Drought has no respect for a person, whether you’re rich or poor.” Country Women’s Association Branch Secretary

From the thriving hub of the Country Women’s Association, to an unexpected local victory on the dusty rugby field, he found people trying to find a sense of purpose and some joy under the relentless sun.

“It’s a tough time at the moment so it’s just good for the town to have something to rally around.” Captain of the Quirindi Lions

Some are finding practical ways to make life that little more bearable with the donation of a haircut or a new pair of jeans.

“If we can make a few people feel a little bit better about themselves and know that there are people out there that care, I think that’s just some small little gesture that we can do.” Hairdresser

Despite their best efforts, you can sense the quiet desperation sitting just below the surface.

“Every week it’s getting worse. You wouldn’t think it could get worse, but it is. It’s just got that real bad feel about it.” Grain supplier

The parched landscape, exquisitely captured by Four Corners’ cameras, reveals the profound impact this drought has had. And with winter slipping away, there are fears for what summer may bring.

“We’re going into the hottest time of the year… the days are hotter, people haven’t got water and there’s no feed. So, time will tell.” Contractor

Proud Country, reported by Michael Brissenden and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 1st October at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 2nd October at 1.00pm and Wednesday 3rd at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at


The Monsanto Papers

Monday 8 October at 8.30pm

The secret tactics used by global chemical giant Monsanto, to protect its billion-dollar business and its star product, the weed killer, Roundup.

“Monsanto has engaged in a systematic and deliberate campaign to attack any science that says their product is not safe and to attack any scientist that has the courage to say something.” Lawyer

When it was launched four decades ago, Roundup was hailed as a miracle product, a revolutionary herbicide that would transform farming and keep home gardeners happy too. And it came with the promise that it was safe.

“The broad advertising claims that Monsanto was advancing in those days (was) that somehow their Roundup product was entirely safe, biodegradable, safe for pets and children, and less dangerous than table salt.” Former NY Attorney General

Now a landmark US court case has made headlines worldwide, with a jury declaring Roundup was a substantial factor in causing a school ground keeper’s terminal cancer and that the company had failed to warn of the risk posed by the product.

“They have a corporate culture that …has only an interest in maintaining the ability of them to sell this product.” Lawyer

The case has lifted the lid on the lengths the company has gone to, over decades, to avoid scrutiny and to silence their critics.

“I would like to see them admit that they realised it was not safe.” Former farmer and litigant.

In interviews with key players in this corporate saga, reporter Stephanie March found a scientific community polarised while the company continues to staunchly defend its actions and its product.

“Obviously the science didn’t resonate with that jury. We want to understand why because we need to do a better job explaining the science so people understand that glyphosate-based products are safe.” Monsanto VP

Four Corners traces the company’s influence campaign from the US all the way back to Australia, where Roundup is used on farms and in household gardens across the country.

“If there’s a problem with a product, I want to know because I use it.” Farmer

The Monsanto Papers, reported by Stephanie March and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 8th October at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 9th October at 1.00pm and Wednesday 10th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at


Prisons Uncovered: Hidden cameras behind bars.

Monday 15 October at 8:30pm

“We have live footage, no bullshit, live as it’s unfolding.” Prison riot mobile phone footage

A prison on fire, 600 inmates on the loose from their cells, and a band of prison officers desperately trying to contain a full-blown riot, all while footage of the violence is streamed live on social media.

“Who’s got the keys man, who’s got the keys blood?”

“Outta control mate, outta control.” Rioting prisoners

This was not the scene from an action film blockbuster, it was frighteningly real.

“You could see staff were genuinely scared. You could see the fear in the face from everybody. Because the potential now for you to lose the jail was as real as it was going to get.” Prison officer

The astonishing footage revealed a prison system at breaking point.

“They were filming to put it on social media so that they make the public aware - the way they were being treated in the prison, because nobody else is hearing them.” Former prisoner

The riot, at a major prison in Britain, highlighted problems facing governments around the world, including in Australia: how to manage soaring prison populations driven by law and order debates and public demands for tougher sentencing.

“Prisons are in crisis. Violence continues to increase, but with so much violence, particularly assaults on staff, prisons are not under proper control and the risk of further riots must be substantial.” Former head of the UK Prison Service

Using footage filmed by prisoners themselves in correctional facilities across the UK, the program reveals a system rife with drug use, violence and squalid living conditions.

“Cells were filthy. They were damp, they were dark, lavatories were blocked. There were rats, there were cockroaches.” Chief prison inspector

The UK crisis has focused debate on the growing role of private companies in running prisons, among them global companies like G4S, which also operates in Australia.

“People just get lawless you know? Especially when there’s not much staff around.” Former prisoner

This revealing documentary opens a rare window into life behind bars and the pressures on those keeping watch.

“The government doesn’t have a grip on the system and there’s a cost in blood being paid.” Former chief prison inspector

Prisons Uncovered, from Clover Films for ITV and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 15th October at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 16th October at 1.00pm and Wednesday 17th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at



Monday 22 October at 8:30pm

Big Guns: How a cashed up gun industry has Australia’s firearms laws in its sights.

"This is the gun industry lobby redux. They’re back. And they’re ready to spend.” Gun law researcher

They’re the new force in Australian politics - a lobby group funded and directed by major firearms sellers and manufacturers and they’re taking aim at Australia’s politicians.

“We’re looking to enter a new era of engagement…We want governments to be held accountable for the decisions they make.” Gun industry spokesperson

Their campaign represents a newly emboldened firearms industry set on changing Australia’s gun laws.

“You’ve got an industry which is prepared to leap in. And they’ve got a lot of money.” Gun law researcher

On Monday Four Corners investigates how the gun movement in Australia is reawakening and examines the new tactics they’re employing to make their presence felt on the political scene.

“The campaign they were running had nothing to do with guns. The idea I think was to inspire people to move their vote to protest vote with minor parties.” Campaign manager

The industry openly declares it wants to influence how governments are formed and the policies they enact.

“We were aiming for a government which couldn’t be formed by majority.” Gun industry spokesperson

Four Corners investigates the industry’s political allegiances and how these connections are being used to chip away at gun laws around the country.

“There’s been a lot of whittling away around the edges, trying to water down the effect of the law, to do anything possible to reduce the effect of the law for the convenience of shooters and the benefit of the arms industry.” Gun law researcher

Some political allies say that gun ownership is not simply a matter of convenience, it’s a national security issue.

“I want more firearms sold because I want more firearms, you know? I want more people involved in protecting our country.” Politician

Those who delivered the national agreement to limit firearms after the Port Arthur massacre say Australians need to sit up and take notice.

“There is a muscling up by those making money out of a trade of guns into this country, and we need to watch that very closely.” Gun control advocate

Big Guns, reported by Sean Nicholls and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 22nd October at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 23rd October at 1.00pm and Wednesday 24th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at



Monday 29 October at 8:30pm

The sophisticated corporate campaign to future-proof the Crown.

“What you get now is a very packaged royalty…It is a very professional operation in spin management, media management, media operations.” Author

For almost two weeks Australia has felt the full force of a royal charm offensive. The visit by the newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has been a triumph for the Royal couple and the House of Windsor brand.

“I think the marriage…has injected a real shot of adrenaline into people’s interest in the Royal Family.” Tabloid royal correspondent

It’s a world away from the scandalous 1990s when the Royal family was embroiled in a rolling series of crises, indiscretions and PR disasters leaving them out of fashion and out of step with the times. Some were even talking about the end of the monarchy itself.

“All bets were off with the Royals in the nineties. Spectacular own goals, things that 50 years earlier would have had discreet veils drawn over them: Camillagate, Squidgygate, Tampaxgate, all those terrible, terrible, gruesome little scandals.” Author

On Monday Four Corners charts how the Royals have rebuilt their reputation and changed the way they manage “The Firm”.

“From those ashes, a lot of lessons have been learned. There’s obviously had to be more deliberate management about how people behave, what they’re saying, what they’re wearing.” Global advertising consultant

“It was the Royal family accepting that things needed to change if they were to survive. Survival is the name of the game for the Royal family.” Author

The program reveals a highly controlled operation with spin doctors and media management at the forefront.

“You don’t see it but… what we see and read about the Royal family is pretty much controlled by them.” Former Private Secretary to the Royal household

The Royals are increasingly bypassing traditional media and finding new ways to get their message out by joining the ranks of social media “influencers”. Those combined efforts have resulted in one of the most spectacular rebranding exercises in modern times.

“In many ways, they’ve brought innovation. They’re brand innovators to the Royal family.” Global advertising consultant

This new image has helped divert attention away from questions over the funding and financial interests of the Royal household.

“We don’t know where the money is invested. We don’t know where it’s spent. We don’t know what the income is. We only know what they tell us.” Former UK MP

As the palace prepares for the next generation to take the throne, Four Corners examines the very corporate campaign to future-proof the Crown.

Windsor Inc, reported by Louise Milligan and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 29th October at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 30th October at 1.00pm and Wednesday 31st at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at



Monday 5 November at 8.30pm

Crime and Panic: Fear and race on the streets of Melbourne.
“They’re portraying us right now like we’re demons.” Young Sudanese man

For more than two years, the media has been reporting that Melbourne is in the grip of a crimewave, overrun by African street gangs responsible for a wave of violence and theft.

“We need to call it for what it is, of course this is African gang violence… people are scared to go out to restaurants of a night-time because they’re followed home by these gangs.” Peter Dutton, Federal Home Affairs Minister

Images of brawling Sudanese teens and hooded armed robbers have spread terror and stoked a growing anger towards those “of African appearance”.

“You get stared at. Imagine someone’s looking through you or looking … someone’s eyes are just burning into the side of your head. That’s what it feels like.” Young Sudanese man

Some residents say they are living in fear, the Sudanese community feels under siege and police are being accused of political correctness and inaction.

“They do all these criminal acts and you see on the news that they get away with it. Why do they get away with it?” Resident

Amongst the claims and counter claims, Four Corners reporter Sophie McNeill has spent weeks on the ground to get to the truth about “African” crime.

“We’re seeing headlines and reporting that exacerbates the problem. Reporting on things that we’re not necessarily seeing.” Senior Victoria Police officer

With unprecedented access to the police and the state’s chief Judge, the program separates perception from reality.

“I think it’s really important that the public be properly informed about what we’re doing. It’s their right to be properly informed.” Chief Judge

Crime and Panic, reported by Sophie McNeill and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 5th November at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 6th November at 1.00pm and Wednesday 7th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at .


Sarah has confirmed next week’s season finale will investigate the upheavals at the ABC which led to the sacking of Michelle Guthrie and the resignation of Justin Milne.



Monday 12 November at 8:30pm

On Monday, Four Corners investigates the corporate crisis that engulfed the ABC and brought down both the Managing Director and the Chair in the space of one brutal week.

Reporter Sarah Ferguson, in interviews with the two key individuals at the centre of this tumultuous episode, investigates the tensions and allegations that have rocked the national broadcaster – from the appointment of a “change agent” to reinvent the corporation, to the assertion of political interference at the highest levels.

Former MD, Michelle Guthrie speaks for the first time about her sacking and the breakdown of her relationship with the ABC Board. Former ABC Chair Justin Milne gives a frank account of the power struggle behind the scenes.

In the seven weeks since the ABC’s corporate meltdown there has been plenty of speculation but little detail about the events that unfolded behind closed doors at the national broadcaster.

Now Four Corners tells the inside story of the crisis that shocked the organisation and left the public confused and concerned.

Bitter End, reported and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 12th November at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 13th November at 1.00pm and Wednesday 14th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at .


Absolutely incredible. Should be a cracking story.