One of Australia’s most experienced foreign correspondents, Philip Williams, has been appointed to the newly created position of ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent.
Williams, who is currently on assignment in Gallipoli, will finish his posting as Europe Correspondent and London Bureau Chief after next month’s UK election and take a break before returning to Australia to begin his new role.
Lisa Millar, currently the ABC’s Bureau Chief in Washington, has been announced as Williams’ replacement as London Bureau Chief. She will take up the position later this year.
ABC Director of News Kate Torney said: “Phil is one of our most experienced correspondents and, in his new role, will enhance our international reporting. His extensive field experience will be used to provide context and analysis on key world events across all our platforms.
“Phil will also be deployed overseas to support coverage on significant international stories. He will be a mentor on international coverage to reporters across ABC News and an advisor on international assignments.”
Williams has anchored some of the most high profile events of the past decade for the ABC, from the London Olympics to the funeral of Nelson Mandela. He travelled to Eastern Ukraine last year to report on the aftermath of the MH17 crash and filed under fire from the Hotel Ukraine during the battle for Kiev.
Millar is one of the ABC’s most accomplished international correspondents, having covered major stories including the last US Presidential election campaign and Hurricane Sandy and anchoring coverage of the Boston bombings and the Sandy Hook school shootings.
Torney said: “Lisa’s leadership of the Washington Bureau has been exceptional and she is very familiar with the London operation after spending several months on temporary assignment there in 2012.”