ABC hires Stan Grant and axes Friday edition of 730

The ABC has hired journalist Stan Grant to head up a more “structured” approach to its coverage of Indigenous matters and front a new show to replace the Friday night edition of 730.

Stan Grant has been hired to drive the ABC's coverage of Indigenous affairs

Stan Grant has been hired to drive the ABC’s coverage of Indigenous affairs

The decision to axe the Friday night edition of 730 comes two years after the public broadcaster replaced state-based editions of the show with one national edition amid cost cuts.

Grant is a well-known news host and commentator having worked for news outlets including CNN,  Sky News and The Guardian Australia where he was appointed Indigenous affairs editor just a year ago.

He will also head up a national team looking at Indigenous affairs, a move ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie hopes will help boost diversity at the broadcaster.

Director of news Gaven Morris said: “Indigenous affairs is an area of great importance to our nation and one ABC News has always comprehensively covered. Stan will lead the way in extending and better structuring our reporting on it throughout our news and current affairs coverage.”

Grant said: “This role, and other plans still to be announced, are about the ABC engaging in a more structured way with Indigenous issues. These issues go to the heart of the country – to who we are as Australians – and these initiatives will put the ABC at the heart of the conversation.”





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