“I’m Ian Henderson. Now let’s have another go at this,” said Ian Henderson last night after a technical mishap caused his last-ever bulletin to become his second-last ever bulletin.
Last night there were no such issues as he finally got to farewell viewers, wrapping up 38 years with ABC News.
ABC took no chances, even switching its state-based ABC feed to the national ABC News feed on iview for the duration.
“Thank you for all your kind and thoughtful messages of the past fortnight and for welcoming me into your homes all these years,” Henderson said.
“It has been a rare privilege and a real pleasure.
“Over the years, we’ve experienced the highs and lows of live television together, of which last night was certainly one.
“But from tomorrow night I join you on the other side of the TV screen and I’m very much looking forward to getting my news from my talented colleagues Tamara Oudyn and Mary Gearin.”
Henderson paid tribute to the ABC and members of the Melbourne newsroom.
“I’d like to thank all my colleagues both behind the scenes and in front of the camera whose hard work and diligence makes all this possible,” he said.
And, with a small smile that his colleagues have privately dubbed the “Hendo twinkle”, he had one final message to the audience.
“To all of you: travel well and should our paths cross down the track, make sure you say hello.”