Marianne Leitch has been appointed Executive Producer of ABC TV’s international current affairs flagship program Foreign Correspondent.
Leitch has been acting in the role of Foreign Correspondent EP since the departure of Steve Taylor late last year. Taylor is now Executive Producer on Seven's Sunday Night program
Leitch will face plenty of challenges in her new role. As part of recent budget cuts at the ABC a number of staff have left the organisation, many foreign bureau’s will no longer have dedicated camera operators meaning journalists will now be required to do their own camera work.
Leitch was a member of the original team that began Foreign Correspondent in 1992. She has produced many memorable stories for the program in locations as diverse as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Greenland and the Himalayas. Since 2005 she has combined field producing with the role of Associate Producer of the program.
ABC Head of Current Affairs Bruce Belsham said: “Marianne is an exceptionally experienced and capable journalist and Foreign Correspondent will be in terrific hands.”
Leitch has been a journalist for more than 30 years, specialising in international news and current affairs.
She began her career as a reporter on a country newspaper in Armidale NSW, then freelanced in Sydney and London before joining international television news agency Worldwide Television News, before returning to Australia to work for ABC News on the international desk.
Foreign Correspondent returns to ABC TV in mid April.