ABC News veteran Ian Henderson (pictured) is to retire as Victorian 7pm News presenter after a long career at the national broadcaster spanning almost four decades.
Better known to colleagues and viewers as “Hendo”, he has been the face of the news for around a quarter of a century.
Henderson said yesterday: “After a long and rewarding career at the ABC, the time has come for me to explore some new directions. It hasn’t been an easy decision, but I’m convinced it’s the right one.
“I have some thanks to pass on: to the ABC for the wonderful opportunities it’s given me over the past 38 years; to my many colleagues for their support, good humour and camaraderie over the years; and to our loyal audience for welcoming me into their homes on a nightly basis! It’s been a rare privilege. I have a real sense of a bond with ABC viewers, and it’s a connection I’ll long cherish.
“As Australia’s media landscape contracts, ABC journalism has never been more important. And, importantly, it’s never been stronger.
“I leave you in very good hands.”
ABC director news, analysis and current affairs Gaven Morris paid tribute to Henderson’s contribution to the ABC, to audiences and to Australian journalism.
“Ian knows the 7pm audience and understands how to speak to them. As a result, viewers have a unique connection to him and they’ll miss him on their screens – as we will miss him in the newsroom,” he said.
“As well as being a favourite with viewers, Ian is an integral member of the Melbourne news team. His editorial decision-making, writing skills, smooth presentation and passion for the job have made him an asset to the ABC.”
Henderson’s last bulletin will be on Thursday October 11.
The new ABC Melbourne TV lineup will be announced soon.