The 7.30 Report

The 7.30 Report is an Australian week-nightly television current affairs program, which was shown on ABC1 and ABC News 24 at 7.30 pm from 1986 to 2011. In 2011, it evolved into 7.30, a revamped current affairs program.[1]

The 7.30 Report
The 7.30 Report logo
GenreNews, Current Affairs
Presented byLeigh Sales
Chris Uhlmann
Kerry O'Brien (1995-2010)
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons25
Executive producer(s)Ben Hawke
Producer(s)Clay Hichens, Phil Kwok
Running time30 minutes
Original networkABC1
ABC News 24
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original release28 January 1986 
4 March 2011
Preceded byThis Day Tonight (1967-78)
Nationwide (1979-84)
ABC National (1985)
Followed by7.30
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The 7.30 Report began on 28 January 1986, screening Tuesday to Friday evenings. The program extended to Mondays the following year.

Until the end of 1994 the program had separate editions for each state and territory, presented by Alan Carpenter, Mary Delahunty, Quentin Dempster, Trisha Goddard, Sarah Henderson, Genevieve Hussey, John Jost, Leigh McClusky, Kelly Nestor, and Andrew Olle. Kerry O'Brien took over as the presenter of the national program in 1995, with Maxine McKew serving as the main relief presenter until 2006.

O'Brien remained the editor and presenter of the program from the time it went national. He announced in 2010 that he would be leaving at the end of the year.[2] He presented his final edition of the program on 9 December 2010.[3]

In February 1996, the Friday episode of the show was replaced with Stateline, a similar show with a separate edition for each state and territory.

2011 changes

The ABC announced in December 2010 that the program would return in 2011 in a new form, under the name 7.30.[1] The revamped program was first presented by Leigh Sales from Sydney. Chris Uhlmann was 7.30's first political editor and Canberra presenter.

The ABC also announced that Stateline would be folded into the 7.30 program. The change saw 7.30 extended to five nights a week, although Friday editions continued to be presented locally and focus on state affairs.[1]


The program usually comprised several pre-recorded items and live interviews, focusing on issues of national or global significance. The program traditionally featured interviews with politicians.

Reporters in its last season included: Tracy Bowden, Matt Peacock, Andy Park, Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Dylan Welch, Louise Milligan, Madeleine Morris, Conor Duffy, Sarah Whyte, David Lewis, Monique Schafter, Alex Mann, Michael Atkin(s), and political editor Sabra Lane.

Former reporters had included political editor Heather Ewart, Deborah Cornwall, Greg Hoy, Mark Willacy, Michael Brissenden, Murray McLaughlin, Mary Gearin, Mike Sexton, John Taylor, Peter McCutcheon, Paul Lockyer, Lisa Whitehead, Natasha Johnson, David Mark, Genevieve Hussey, Mark Bannerman and Jonathan Harley. Paul Lyneham also hosted The 7.30 Report for several years.[4]

Until 2010, satirists John Clarke and Bryan Dawe presented a (usually) weekly mock interview covering a topical issue.[5] Dawe played the interviewer, while Clarke played a prominent public figure but, unusually for satire, he deliberately made no attempt to imitate the appearance, voice, or mannerisms of the person he portrayed. When portraying Julia Gillard he placed a flower pot behind him to give the impression of him being a woman. These interviews were a continuation of the pair's work for A Current Affair, beginning in 1989, for which they won a number of awards.

See also


  1. "Sales and Uhlmann will front revamped 7.30". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  2. "Kerry O'Brien to leave 7.30 Report". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
  3. "Kerry O'Brien signs off from The 7.30 Report". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
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  5. Woodley, Brian (28 January 2000). "Duo put twist in The 7.30 Report's tail". The Australian. p. 3.
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