Leigh Sales announces she is stepping down from ABC’s 7.30

Leigh Sales announces she is stepping down from ABC’s 7.30


Longtime ABC host Leigh Sales has announced she is stepping down after years at the helm.

Longtime ABC host Leigh Sales has announced she is stepping down after years at the helm.

Speaking on 7.30 this evening, the 48-year-old revealed she would be leaving the desk later this year “once the federal election is over”.

“There’s nothing wrong other than I just feel a strong sense of it being time to pass the baton to the next runner in the race and to take a break,” she said.

“At the end of an election cycle feels like a good time to move on to something new at the ABC. I hope it’s been obvious that I’ve always approached this job with one goal – and that is to ask frank questions of people in power, without fear or favour, that a fair-minded, reasonable person with some common sense watching at home might like to ask if they were sitting in my position.”

“I’ve tried to shut down and call out bulls**t, hold powerful people to account, expose lies, incompetence and exaggeration in all political parties and all issues and present facts even when they’re unpopular or inconvenient.

“I have truly tried my absolute hardest on behalf of you at home to do that every single time I’ve sat at the desk. Anchoring 7.30 has been the most amazing job and I’ll never stop being grateful for the opportunities it’s given me.”

The most likely successor is expected to be Laura Tingle or David Speers.

More to come.



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Author: Shirley