ABC‘s children’s current affairs program Behind The News is approaching its 50th birthday.
It was long thought that Behind The News began in 1969, until it was realised that it actually began under a different title, Current Affairs, in June 1968. The first program was hosted by Peter Sumner.
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Behind The News, on 5 June ABC News will be offering Australian children to opportunity to be part of the news. Each metropolitan ABC newsroom will host a BTN rookie reporter who will file a story relevant to children. The story will feature on the ABC News website and be broadcast during the 7.00pm news.
Children will also be hosting guest spots on ABC Local Radio, presenting a weather bulletin on ABC News Breakfast, and a full week of news bulletins on many of the ABC Radio Afternoons programs, all around the country.
There will be special programs on ABC ME, starting on Sunday 3 June at 9.00am, when the BTN hosts appear in a special News To Me program. On the 50th anniversary date, 5 June, ABC ME will air an anniversary edition of BTN at 10.00am, a special kids version of Q&A at 4.30pm, hosted by BTN’s Amelia Moseley (pictured) and featuring children on the panel and in the audience, and the first episode of BTN will also screen at 7.00pm.
ABC will present a half-hour documentary looking back at the history of BTN to air on 5 June at 6.00pm, followed by an encore of the Q&A special at 6.30pm.
For online audiences, there will be special features showcasing BTN’s rich archive, as well as a series of short-form video features to mark the anniversary.
To round out the celebrations, BTN is hosting a party at ABC Adelaide, where local children, the BTN team and alumni, and other ABC luminaries will mark this milestone.