By Sally Neighbour

In the fifty years it′s been on air, 4 Corners has damaged extra tales, prompted extra headlines, generated extra controversy and aired extra prime quality investigative journalism than the other software in Australia. In today′s global of 24-hour information cycles it really is an anachronism, "a tv miracle" as Kerry O′Brien places it in his creation to this e-book. but if it first went to air, no-one anticipated it to last.
Now to mark its fiftieth anniversary, some of the program′s most famed reporters and manufacturers glance again on their greatest tales - from struggle, famines, and terrorism to indigenous rights, reproductive rights, and corruption in all corners of the globe. They take readers during the dramas and intrigue taken with bringing tales which anger humans in excessive locations to air. They inform what occurred clear of the cameras in addition to on, proportion moments of humour and pathos and think about the very important position performed by means of the ABC′s flagship information program.

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Its aim was to show ordinary Australians to themselves and it proved both entertaining and popular. Raymond, the show’s producer, saw it as ‘a little light relief to finish the program’. In its own small way, it was a precursor of talk-back radio. After the closing credits, Raymond took a call from an anxious ABC bureaucrat. His verdict: ‘That was an excellent program. ’ That would soon change. A few weeks later Charlton and Raymond presented a 25-minute report on shocking living conditions at the Box Ridge Aboriginal settlement near Casino, where 110 people were crammed into 12 houses or shacks, with one communal water point and no electricity.

Newspapers are fracturing, disappearing or morphing into something else; converging with television and radio. Television journalism is spreading itself across a number of platforms. Despite the exciting potential that technological advances offer, the quality and depth of content in both print and television is being diluted before our eyes. The opportunities for distortion and manipulation by those who hold the reins of power across society are growing. Yet the reliance on cheap, emotive sensationalism, the hypocritical exploitation of tragedy, the pursuit of mindless celebrity and the ranting of would-be demagogues to sell publications or draw audiences is becoming pervasive, sucking the oxygen out of real journalism.

Charlton headed off to the BBC’s Panorama while Raymond went to Channel 9 to create a special projects unit. As Moses had predicted, the ABC would take the credit for Four Corners and pour in more resources to keep it running. My own career on the show had begun in Sydney as a production assistant for a fortnight, with the job of putting together the ‘Voice of the People’ segment for the final show of 1961, quizzing celebrities about how they were going to spend Christmas. After this I was promoted to the role of Talks Officer in Perth, where I eagerly awaited each week’s Four Corners program and contributed a couple of items to it myself.

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