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Live interactive role for Jones

Amanda Meade | February 07, 2008

LATELINE host Tony Jones has scored a live and interactive public affairs program to host each week and comedian Wil Anderson will return to the ABC as part of the network's new line-up, revealed last night.

Jones will host a weekly program on ABC1 called Q&A, which will be filmed live in front of a studio audience.

And viewers will be able to participate via mobile phones and email, the ABC said.

Next Wednesday, Jones will also host the ABC's live coverage of the Stolen Generations apology in parliament.

ABC director of TV Kim Dalton last night said the ABC planned to give viewers more choice in 2008.

"We are helping to reshape the way people use and interact with TV by giving them more programs, more ways to view them and more flexibility around when and how to watch them," he said.

Former The Glass House co-host Anderson also returns to ABC1, this time hosting a 10-part expose on the advertising industry called The Gruen Transfer.

The program is being produced by Andrew Denton.

Other new programs unveiled last night include a four-hour documentary series called The Howard Years.

Among the new dramas is a six-part drama series featuring former Blue Heelers star John Wood called The Cut.

Another six-part series called Dirt Game is set in a mining town.

Meanwhile the national network's ABC2 channel has joined with the Australian Film Commission to bring more arts-related programming to life.

They agreed deals with the likes of Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet and will this year broadcast more music, dance and theatre on the channel.

That will include the broadcast of 40 live Triple J concerts.

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