ONE of The Australian’s most experienced media writers, Sally Jackson, is to join the ABC as the new media manager for the news and current affairs division.
The respected journalist, who spent more than 12 years on the section, is the second News Corp media writer to join the public broadcaster this year, after media editor of The Australian Nick Leys moved to manage media for corporate affairs in February.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the ABC. In fact it’s an honour. I can’t wait to get in there,” Jackson told Mumbrella.
The new role will see Jackson reporting to ABC News and Current Affairs boss Kate Torney and will take up the position from Monday.
In taking the role, Jackson follows in the footsteps of her father Keith Jackson who was head of corporate affairs for the ABC in the 1980s, under former bosses Geoffrey Whitehead and David Hill.
Jackson’s appointment comes after months of mounting tensions between the ABC and News Corp Australia’s national broadsheet which has run a relentless campaign against the broadcaster calling for the resignations of ABC managing director Mark Scott, Media Watch host Paul Barry and been deeply critical of its Australia Network contract and a recent deal to provide content to China.
It also thought the ABC may face budget cuts in next week’s federal budget.
Jackson is the latest long-serving reporter to leave The Australian’s media section in recent years.
KEITH JACKSON writes: Sally was born at Nonga Base Hospital in Rabaul in 1970 and her early schooling was undertaken in Port Moresby until she left Papua New Guinea in 1976.
She entered journalism immediately after leaving school 25 years ago and has been a distinguished business and media writer, working for News Corp throughout her career. She was reporting from New York in 2001 and covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
I'm delighted Sally has been appointed to this important role in a great organisation. And I'm elated at the echoes of my own ABC career in her new post.