|Genre||News and current affairs|
|Presented by||Tony Jones (1999-present)
Emma Alberici (2012–present)
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||25|
|Executive producer(s)||John Bruce|
|Producer(s)||ABC News and Current Affairs|
|Location(s)||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Running time||35 minutes|
ABC News 24 (2010–present)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||13 February 1990 – present|
|Related shows||The Business (2006 to present)|
Lateline is an Australian television news and current affairs program produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, airing weeknights at 10:30 pm on ABC. The program has developed a reputation for head-to-head debates on current issues and political interviews. Lateline is followed by its sister programme The Business, which commenced on 14 August 2006. It has been labelled by the influential Crikey magazine as being, "an unmissable current affairs program that almost certainly creates more headlines in the next day's newspapers than any other TV show in the country." During the summer season, an ABC Late News update is shown in place of Lateline.
When Lateline premiered on 13 February 1990, it was a thirty-minute single-topic debate forum hosted by Kerry O'Brien, with Ian Carroll as executive producer, and produced in Canberra. Airing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in 1990 and 1991, and expanding to Monday to Thursday nights from 1992 onwards, the program opened with a seven-minute video piece that attempted to examine the case in a balanced manner, followed by twenty minutes of moderated debate between two to four guests. It was later hosted by Maxine McKew who retired in 2006, before moving into politics.
The most notable aspect of the format at the time was that many guests appeared via satellite. Whether in the studio or on the other side of the world all the guests would appear 'remote', on monitors.
In 2000, an ABC managerial shakeup resulted in the implementation of cost-cutting measures, and the program was transferred to Sydney. Lateline was merged with the ABC Late News program, a ten-minute rundown of the day's top stories and important events that occurred during the evening which ran for ten minutes before Lateline. The new Lateline format, now totalling 35 minutes, includes news, plus approximately twenty minutes of interview.
Presenters and reporters
Fill-in presenter: Steve Cannane
Reporters include Margot O'Neill, Suzanne Smith, John Stewart, Tom Iggulden, Hamish Fitzsimmons, Kerry Brewster and Matt Carney. It is produced by Michael Doyle (Supervising Producer), Cath Sullivan, Alison McClymont, Ben Drew, Brett Evans, Ruth Dexter, Shaun Hassett, Candice Talberg and Angela Blasonato. The current Executive Producer is John Bruce who was appointed in 2009.
Recipients of Walkley Awards from Lateline include Maxine McKew in 1998 and Tony Jones, who received Walkley awards for broadcast interviewing in 2004, 2007 & 2011. Reporter Suzanne Smith in 2005 won a Logie Award for "Most Outstanding News Coverage" for her story about sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.
In December 2011, Moore announced that she would be moving to Singapore with her family. Emma Alberici was announced as her replacement.
- List of longest-running Australian television series
- List of programs broadcast by ABC Television
- List of Australian television series
- "Best News/Current Affairs TV Program of the Year". Crikey. Retrieved 30 November 2007.
- Official website
- Lateline at the Internet Movie Database
- Lateline at the National Film and Sound Archive