ABC goes live with commentary and analysis site, The Drum

The ABC has unveiled its new commentary and analysis website, The Drum, which for the first time brings together the public broadcaster’s staff of journalists and writers.  


The site, which covers topics including politics, finance, sport, media, science and social issues, is being headed by Jonathan Green who left his role as editor of Crikey to take on the same position at the ABC.

The new site will directly compete with Crikey, as well as News Limited’s The Punch and Fairfax’s National Times, both of which launched this year.

Among its team of contributers are Annabel Crabb, formerly from The Sydney Morning Herald and now the ABC’s new chief political writer. She is joined by regular contributors from a stable of writers including ABC Radio National’s breakfast presenter Fran Kelly, Media Watch presenter Jonathan Holmes and broadcaster and writer Marieke Hardy.

ABC Radio’s AM host Tony Eastley will also contribute to the site, alongside The 7.30 Report’s political editor, Chris Uhlmann, ABC2’s news breakfast presenter Virginia Trioli and for politics and sport, Insiders and Offsiders’ host, Barrie Cassidy.

Queensland’s 612 ABC Brisbane mornings presenter Madonna King will also feature and there will be blogs written by ABC News’ Leigh Sales, Mark Colvin and other senior ABC staff .

In addition to the daily column, The Drum will provide reactive analysis to events as news breaks. The ABC’s existing opinion site, Unleashed, will now form part of The Drum.


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