ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced this morning that Australia’s Ten Network senior foreign correspondent/anchor Hamish Macdonald is joining his division as an international affairs correspondent based in London. Macdonald resigned from Ten in September; his exit back then was described in press reports as a “shock,” what with Ten having planned to use him as the face of its Sochi Winter Games coverage. His three-year contract with that network was set to end in February of ’14, according to those reports.
“After three wonderful years at Ten, I have decided to move on. Thursday 26 September will be my last day on-air… after eight years of almost non-stop travel, I am hoping to take a little down-time now to consider which option to pursue next,” Macdonald tweeted in September.
Here’s Sherwood’s memo:
I’m delighted to share that Hamish Macdonald is joining ABC News as an international affairs correspondent based in London.
One of the best storytellers of his generation, Hamish comes to ABC News from one of the biggest broadcasters in Australia, the Ten Network, where he served as senior foreign correspondent and anchor and executive producer of the primetime public affairs program “The Truth Is.”
Hamish is drawn to some of the most dangerous places in the world, often the front lines of war.
He has reported on the fighting in Afghanistan, street riots in Asia and from Tbilisi during the attacks in the Georgia-Russia war.
He was on the ground in Egypt and Libya to witness the tumultuous events of the Arab Spring, traveled underground through Gaza’s smuggling tunnels and investigated refugee conditions in Malaysia, famine in the Horn of Africa and border incursions between India and China.
Hamish, who speaks 3 languages, has interviewed some of the world’s most famous and infamous figures, including Jemaah Islamiyah’s Abu Bakar Bashir, leader of the Southeast Asian terrorist organization. Hamish most recently sat down with Burmese human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi during her first ever visit to Australia.
Hamish is a dynamic addition to our outstanding international newsgathering team.
A competitive ocean swimmer and avid skier who grew up racing with future Aussie Olympians, Hamish will spend the next few months in New York before moving to the London bureau full time.
Please join me in welcoming him to ABC News.