A pity the Walkleys aren’t streamed.
ABC journalists Anne Connolly, Stephanie Zillman and Ali Russell won the Gold Walkley at the annual Walkley Awards on Thursday night but their speech was distracted by Peter Fray shouting “what about Crikey ” from his table at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.
The Australian reported
Crikey’s editor-in-chief caused a scene at the awards night by yelling at two ABC reporters as they gave an acceptance speech.
ABC wins 2022 Gold Walkley Award
The ABC’s journalism has been richly awarded at the 2022 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, including winning top honour the Gold Walkley.
Anne Connolly, Stephanie Zillman and Ali Russell took the Gold, as well as the award for Public Service Journalism, for their gripping investigation “State Control”, the year-long investigation into Public Guardian and Trustee agencies, which control the lives of around 50,000 Australians.
The judges said: “This was enlightening and determined reporting, giving power to voiceless people and allowing them to tell a story of complete powerlessness. Prompting debate about law reform in various states, it has the potential to effect large-scale public policy reform.”
In all the ABC had 26 finalists across 15 categories in this year’s Walkley Awards, which were announced in Sydney on Thursday night.
Former Four Corners Executive Producer Sally Neighbour was also honoured for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism.
“These awards are testament to the talent, hard work and incredible dedication of our people,” said ABC Director, News Justin Stevens.
“Our journalists and teams are passionate about bringing the best public interest journalism to Australians and it’s wonderful to see their hard work recognised by their peers.
“The ABC’s journalism has never been stronger, more impactful or more accessible to all Australians.”
Sally Neighbours’ acceptance speech for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism in the 2022 Walkley Awards last night
This seems awfully familiar…
Includes list of winners.