Respected journalist Jo Puccini is the new Executive Producer of the ABC’s 7.30 program.
Puccini was formerly Editor of the National Reporting Team. She takes over at 7.30 in April when Sally Neighbour moves to Four Corners as Executive Producer.
Interesting it means the ABC is doing its bit for gender equality with Lateline, 7.30, 4 Corners, Foreign Correspondent and Australian Story all now lead by women.
ABC Director of News Kate Torney said: “Jo is one of our finest editorial leaders and has a very strong journalistic track record.
“Under her leadership the National Reporting Team has become a vital part of ABC News, further developing our investigative capacity and delivering original reporting for television, radio and digital news audiences across the nation.”
Puccini said: “I am excited and honoured to be taking over as Executive Producer at 7.30. I look forward to working with Leigh Sales and the team to continue to deliver the agenda-setting journalism, analysis and interviews the program's audience expects.”
After starting out as a researcher/producer with the Seven Network, Puccini joined the ABC as a researcher on Media Watch in 2000. In 2001 she moved to Four Corners, where she worked as a researcher, producer and associate producer. In 2008 she returned to Media Watch as its Executive Producer before moving to Lateline in 2010 as associate producer.
In 2012 she joined 7.30 as commissioning editor before being appointed founding Editor of the National Reporting Team in August 2013. She is joint winner of three Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism.
Torney thanked Sally Neighbour for her huge contribution in three years as 7.30 Executive Producer.
“Sally’s strong focus on investigative journalism, must-see interviews and compelling story-telling has ensured that 7.30 continues to lead the national news agenda,” she said.
Recruitment for the National Reporting Team Editor starts this week.