Local listeners to ABC PM with Linda Mottram might not yet realise that the program is now broadcast from the ABC Studios in Bega. So too will Saturday AM AM is Australia's most informative morning current affairs program. AM sets the agenda for the nation's daily news and current affairs coverage.
Sabra Lane, soon to relocate to Hobart, presents AM from Monday to Friday and Linda Mottram, now on the South Coast, presents the Saturday edition of AM. In making the changes ABC said "Locating content-making roles in more parts of Australia is one of the key goals of the ABC’s Five-Year Plan, and being closer to their communities is integral to ABC NEWS’s “More Relevant to More Australians” editorial strategy, helping tap into the concerns and perspectives of the broadest cross-section of Australians.
"Basing national current affairs programs in regional NSW and in Hobart is also a boost for the local teams, opening new possibilities for bringing original and relevant stories from those centres to the nation. Originally from Perth, Mottram has worked all over the world, including being the ABC correspondent in the Middle East and Moscow, and has been presenting PM for almost three years, out of both the Sydney and Gosford studios. “We’ve never been a family that sits still for too long. We’ve travelled the world to work and just on a whim,” Mottram says.
“Our family has south coast history from way back and there has been a real pull. During more than 25 years as a journalist, Linda Mottram has travelled with Australian Prime Ministers, covered peace and war, reported on assassinations and elections, and created radio on issues as diverse as Crusader archaeology, the modern Liberal party, Afghan women's art and sheep dog trials.
She's worked in many of the world's hotspots for the ABC, including the Middle East and the Balkans, striving to explain stories through the eyes of those least able to influence their fate.
She's a Walkley Award winner, taking out the Radio Current Affairs category award in 1999 for her coverage of the Meja massacre during the conflict in Kosovo.
Her pedigree includes Federal political reporting and stints with Radio Australia covering Asia Pacific diplomatic and strategic issues and interpreting Australian political, economic and social life for an Asia Pacific audience.
In recent years, Linda has hosted public forums for aid and academic groups on Australia's aid program and on Pakistan.
Originally from Perth, Linda began as a graduate cadet at West Australian Newspapers, after lingering long enough at both Murdoch University and UWA to get an arts degree.
She quickly followed her heart to the ABC and radio news, soon on to Canberra for a Sydney commercial radio station then for the Daily Telegraph, then back to the ABC.
Her two foreign postings for the ABC in the Middle East and Moscow also saw Linda contributing analysis to broadcasters in Europe and Canada.
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