Melbourne ABC newsreader Ian Henderson has announced that he is retiring from reading the 7.00pm ABC News.
Henderson, who has been with ABC for almost 40 years, has been the chief newsreader for the Victorian bulletin since 1992 (pictured).
In a statement issued by ABC, Henderson said: “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.”
Henderson also pointed out on Twitter that his imminent departure has nothing to do with recent upheavals at the national broadcaster but rather is the culmination of long held plans for retirement.
Henderson joined ABC in 1980 as a reporter, working in Australia and was also Europe correspondent for four years. He covered the fall of the Berlin wall and the release of Nelson Mandela.
In 1992 Henderson took over from Mary Delahunty as ABC’s chief newsreader in Melbourne. He has also hosted the local current affairs program Stateline as well as state election and Anzac Day coverage. He is also a former President of the Melbourne Press Club.
Henderson will present his last bulletin on 11 October.