7:30 ACT team departing

Presenter Chris Kimball and producer Patricia Barraclough are leaving ABC following the axing of Canberra's 7:30.

2014-12-19_0043ABC presenter Chris Kimball (pictured) and producer Patricia Barraclough are leaving the broadcaster, following the axing of Canberra’s 7:30.

Barraclough has decided to leave the broadcaster she joined in the 1970s working on This Day Tonight.

She ws part of the team that started Lateline with Kerry O’Brien to develop and was the co-creator and first supervising producer of Australian Story.

For the past 13 years she has been at the helm of 7:30 ACT, and before that Stateline ACT, providing leadership and inspiration in telling Canberra stories to local and national audiences.

Director of News Kate Torney said, “Patricia’s influence on News programming and story-telling will be long lasting – she has helped shape the journalism of dozens of her colleagues and is much loved across the ABC.

“With her retirement from the ABC, Canberra audiences will lose a vigorous promoter of community debate and story-telling and her ABC colleagues will lose a valuable guide and mentor.”

Kerry O’Brien added, “Patricia Barraclough is one of the very best I’ve worked with over nearly 50 years in journalism. Trish’s experience, maturity, determination to think outside the square, mentoring capacity and sheer good-heartedness, will be missed.”

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  1. Both Chris Kimball and Patricia Barraclough will be missed from our local screens. While I watched the local version of Stateline and 7:30 regularly, I never knew the pedigree of Ms Barraclough and who it was who brought such great local stories to Canberra screens. Thanks, both of you, for enriching the Canberran airwaves.

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