The 7.30 Report
|The 7.30 Report|
The 7.30 Report logo
|Genre||News, Current Affairs|
|Presented by||Kerry O'Brien|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||25|
|Executive producer(s)||Ben Hawke|
|Producer(s)||Clay Hichens, Phil Kwok|
|Running time||30 minutes|
ABC News 24
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original run||January 1986 – 4 March 2011|
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The 7.30 Report was an Australian nightly television current affairs program, that was shown on ABC1 and ABC News 24 at 7.30pm, Mondays–Thursdays. Its sister program, Stateline was shown at the same time on Friday nights.
The 7.30 Report began in 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, 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. He presented his final edition of the program on 9 December 2010.
The program usually comprises several pre-recorded items and live interviews, focusing on issues of national or global significance. The program has traditionally featured interviews with politicians.
Current reporters include political editor Heather Ewart, together with Deborah Cornwall, Greg Hoy, Mark Willacy, Michael Brissenden, Murray McLaughlin, Mary Gearin, Mike Sexton, John Taylor, Peter McCutcheon, Paul Lockyer, Matt Peacock, Lisa Whitehead, Natasha Johnson, David Mark, Genevieve Hussey, Mark Bannerman and Jonathan Harley. Paul Lyneham also hosted the 7.30 report for several years. 
Since January 2000, satirists John Clarke and Bryan Dawe have presented a (usually) weekly mock interview covering a topical issue. Dawe is the interviewer, while Clarke plays a prominent public figure, but unusually for satire, he deliberately makes no attempt to imitate the appearance, voice, or mannerisms of the person he portrays. When portraying Julia Gillard he placed a flower pot behind him to give the impression of him being a woman. These interviews are a continuation of the pair's work for A Current Affair, beginning in 1989, for which they have won a number of awards.
The ABC announced in December 2010 that the program would return in 2011 in a new form, under the name 7.30. The revamped program is presented by Leigh Sales from Sydney. Chris Uhlmann is 7.30's political editor and Canberra presenter.
The ABC also announced that the state-based current affairs program Stateline would be folded into the 7.30 program. The change will see 7.30 extended to five nights a week, although Friday editions will continue to be presented locally and focus on state affairs.
- "Sales and Uhlmann will front revamped 7.30". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 3 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
- "Kerry O’Brien to leave 7.30 Report". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 24 September 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
- "Kerry O’Brien signs off from The 7.30 Report". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 9 December 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
- Woodley, Brian (28 January 2000). "Duo put twist in The 7.30 Report's tail". The Australian. p. 3.