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Stephen Paul Cannane (born 1970) is a news journalist and current affairs reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Steve Cannane is a reporter with the ABC's Investigations Unit. From 2016-2018 he was the ABC's Europe Correspondent, based in London. Prior to his positing, Steve was the host of The Drum and a reporter at Lateline.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is Australia's national broadcaster founded in 1929. It is principally funded by the direct grants from the Australian government, but is expressly independent of government and partisan politics. The ABC plays a leading role in journalistic independence and is fundamental in the history of broadcasting in Australia.
He started as a reporter for radio station Triple J's current affairs programme, The Morning Show. In 2003, after Francis Leach left the station, Cannane took on the position of host of the show. As a journalist, Cannane has an interest in exposing unscrupulous behaviour, having reported on child abuse within the Church of Scientology,the harassment of the parents of a deceased child by the anti-vaccination lobby and the failure of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to protect consumers from dodgy products.
Triple J is an Australian government-funded radio station. A subdivision of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, it primarily appeals to young listeners. The station specialises in alternative rock and indie pop music, with a greater emphasis on broadcasting Australian content compared to other commercial stations. Triple J has two sister stations: Triple J Unearthed is an emerging music discovery station, whilst Double J caters to older audiences.
Francis Leach is an Australian radio announcer, sports editor and journalist.
The Church of Scientology is a group of interconnected corporate entities and other organizations devoted to the practice, administration and dissemination of Scientology, a new religious movement. The movement has been the subject of a number of controversies, and the church has been described by government inquiries, international parliamentary bodies, law lords, and numerous superior court judgements as both a cult and a manipulative commercial enterprise. In some countries, it has attained legal recognition as a religion.
He temporarily presented breakfast on ABC Radio National while the regular presenter pursued other projects.[ citation needed ]
Cannane was the founding presenter of Triple j's current affairs program, Hack, beginning in 2004. In 2006 he won the Walkley Award for Broadcast Interviewing for a series of three interviews - Petrol Sniffing, Pilltesting and The Cost of War. He was also commended in the same category of the Walkleys in 2005.
In 2006 Cannane won the Excellence in Alcohol and Drug Media Reporting Awardat the National Drug and Alcohol Awards and visited the US as the Australian representative on the US Department of State's Edward R Murrow program for journalists.
In 2008, Cannane presented The Hack Half Houron ABC2.
In 2009, he fronted the ABC1 documentary series Whatever! The Science of Teenagersand published a book, First Tests: Great Australian Cricketers and the Backyards That Made Them.
In July 2010, Cannane was appointed presenter of ABC News 24's The Drum, a panel discussion program providing news and analysis on issues of the day.
Also in July 2010, Cannane broke the story of harassment of the parents of a child who died of whooping cough by the anti-vaccination lobby,the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) on Lateline. His story was the first to expose the lobby group as callous and cruel, with revelations that their President Meryl Dorey, had sought to access medical records of the child as evidence she had died from a pertussis infection. The story also described a complaint about the AVN which was under investigation by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), alleging the group disseminated misleading and dangerous health information regarding vaccination. The complaint was eventually upheld, resulting in revocation of the group's charity licence and the issuing of a public warning by the HCCC. Both these actions were overturned following a successful Supreme Court challenge by the AVN in 2011.
Cannane has continued to follow the AVN, most recently on The Drum, discussing the appearance of Dorey at the Woodford Folk Festival.
In November 2010 he was recognisedfor "...his honest and diligent approach to journalism and the pursuit of truth in all of its aspects and wherever it may lead" at the Australian Skeptics National Convention where he was also a speaker.
He has worked as a reporter and fill in presenter on ABC1's late night news and current affairs program, Lateline , presenter of The Drum on ABC News 24 and has appeared on Ten's The 7pm Project .
From April 2016 until July 2018, Cannane was ABC's Europe Correspondent, based in London.
In September 2016, he published Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia.
In July 2018, Cannane joined the ABC's Investigations Unit as a reporter.
The Walkley Award for Broadcast Interviewing has been awarded since 1997. Until 2001, it was known as the Walkley Award for Broadcast Presenting. In 2009 the award category became "Broadcast and Online Interviewing", and in 2013, "Interview".
Lateline was an Australian television news program which ran from 1990 until 2017. It was produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a public service funded national broadcaster based on the U.K. BBC model. The program initially aired weeknights on ABC TV. In recent years it was also broadcast internationally throughout Asia and the Pacific on the Australia Plus Satellite Network, and on the 24 hour ABC News Channel.
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