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This article is about the Australian current affairs television program. For the short-lived US sitcom, see LateLine (sitcom).
Lateline (Australia) titlecard.jpg
Genre News and current affairs
Presented by Tony Jones (1999-present)
Emma Alberici (2012–present)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 25
Executive producer(s) Lisa Whitby
Producer(s) ABC News and Current Affairs
Editor(s) Chris Schembri
Location(s) Sydney, New South Wales
Running time 35 minutes
Original network ABC
ABC News 24 (2010–present)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release 13 February 1990 – present
Related shows The Business (2006 to present)
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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."[1] 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[edit]

The show is hosted by Tony Jones on Wednesday and Thursday and Emma Alberici on Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights.

Fill-in presenters: Steve Cannane and Ticky Fullerton.

Former presenters include: Maxine McKew, Virginia Trioli, Leigh Sales and Ali Moore.

Reporters include Margot O'Neill, John Stewart, Hamish Fitzsimmons, Kerry Brewster, Sashka Koloff, Ginny Stein, Jason Om, Steve Cannane, Brigid Andersen, and David Lipson. It is produced by Fanou Filali (supervising producer), Jamie Cummins and Ben Hall. The current executive producer is Lisa Whitby who was appointed in 2015.

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 2010, it was announced Ali Moore would fill the vacancy left by Leigh Sales when she went to 7.30.[2]

In December 2011, Moore announced that she would be moving to Singapore with her family. Emma Alberici was announced as her replacement.

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