Respected ABC News Victoria presenter Ian Henderson will retire from ABC after almost four decades.
Affectionately known as “Hendo”, he joined ABC in 1980 as a state political and industrial reporter, before becoming ABC Europe Correspondent, reporting on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the release of Nelson Mandela.
“Hendo” has been presenting the 7pm news bulletin on weeknights in Victoria since 1992 plus Stateline, state election and ANZAC Day coverage.
“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,” he said.
“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 of News Gaven Morris said, “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.
“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.”
His last bulletin will be on Thursday 11 October. ABC is yet to announce his replacement.