Brian Henderson (television presenter)

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Brian Henderson
Born (1931-09-15) 15 September 1931 (age 87)
OccupationNews presenter/ Host.
Years active1957 - 2002
Spouse(s)Mardi Henderson (married 48 years)

Brian Weir Henderson AM (born 15 September 1931) is a retired Gold Logie winning Australian radio and television personality and pioneer known for his long association with the Nine Network in Australia as a television news anchor and variety show presenter, as host of the Australian version of the US music program Bandstand. Henderson was born in New Zealand and is nicknamed "Hendo".


Henderson hosted the Australian version of Bandstand from 1958 until 1972. Henderson also holds the record for the longest-serving television news presenter, having read either the weekend or the weeknight news on Sydney station TCN-9 from January 1957 until his retirement in late November 2002. Henderson took part in the reunion with Channel Nine for the 50th birthday of Australian television in September 2006.

From his first news broadcast in 1957, the tag-line Henderson used to sign off at the end of every newscast was either "...and that's the way it is"[1] or "the way it is", similar to Walter Cronkite.

At the end of his final bulletin, Henderson's voice wavered as he told viewers it was time to watch the news, not present it:

"Not the way it was, as has been suggested, but for the last time, the way it is, this Friday the 29th of November, this is Brian Henderson - a sad Brian Henderson - saying not goodnight, this time, but goodbye."[2]

In 2012 Henderson came out of retirement to narrate a documentary for the Foxtel network: The Train: The Granville Rail Disaster, which examines the aftermath of the 1977 rail disaster and the heroism of the rescue workers.[3] In 2014, he revealed he was suffering from throat cancer. He previously had other cancers; doctors say his prognosis is good.[4]

Honours and media awards[edit]

In the 2009 Australia Day Honours, Henderson was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for "service as a pioneer in the television news and entertainment sectors, and as a mentor to aspiring and established presenters, readers and journalists".[5]

In 1968 Henderson won the TV Week Gold Logie award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.[6]

In April 2013 Henderson received a second Gold Logie at the Logie Awards when he was inducted into the TV Week Logies Hall of Fame.[7] Industry peers vote for this award and he is the 30th such inductee since the Hall of Fame award began in 1983.[8] He was on the shortlist in 2010, being beaten out by Brian Naylor.[9]


  1. ^ Tabakoff, Jenny; Peatling, Stephanie (22 October 2002). "That's the way it is - Hendo to call it a night". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 May 2007.
  2. ^ 2003/169/5 Pen, plastic, used by Brian Henderson, made by Pentel, Japan, 2002 - Powerhouse Museum Collection
  3. ^ The way it is: Brian Henderson back for TV doco | The Sydney Morning Herald 12 December 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2013
  4. ^ "Brian Henderson: 'I've beaten cancer three times... And I'll beat it again!'". New Idea. 24 November 2014. Archived from the original on 6 January 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Brian Weir Henderson AM". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  6. ^ Brian Henderson | Retrieved 25 March 2013
  7. ^ 2013 Logie Awards | The Age 7 April 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013
  8. ^ Henderson strikes gold again | The Sydney Morning Herald 25 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013
  9. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
National Nine News Sydney
Weekend presenter

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chuck Faulkner
National Nine News Sydney
Weeknight presenter

Succeeded by
Jim Waley