Leigh Sales has left Australia’s ABC network after 12 years as the host of its premier news programme 7.30, bidding the network farewell. Sales was one of the network’s most well-liked broadcasters.
Sales, a former Washington journalist and host of Lateline, said to Guardian Australia that she was looking forward to a six-month sabbatical while she thought about her next step after working 12-hour days during that time.
From Monday through Thursday, 7.30 airs at 7:30 p.m. every night on ABC and ABC News. Sales is reportedly considering other opportunities within the BBC and is content to leave the spinning news wheel after so long. He has no desire to switch to a commercial rival.
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She has conducted interviews with everyone from Paul McCartney and the Dalai Lama to the late cricketing legend Shane Warne.
The evening of her departure, which also happened to be ABC’s 90th birthday party, saw the attendance of ABC executives. David Anderson, the current managing director of ABC, praised the presenter for her “unflappable” demeanour and for being “scrupulously fair” to all politicians.