First was our own 7.30 Victoria, hosted by Josie Taylor. There was a couple of stories and, a skim through the past and a very nice wrap up by Josie, who although with a tear in her eye, held it together.
The most emotional ending was by 7.30 Tasmania Airlie Ward who cracked at the end of the show as flowers were presented to her. The ending was preceded by similar to 7.30 Victoria. It was nice to see previous host Judy Tierney having a word and I've forgotten his name, but I guess another of the previous hosts, who cracked up on footage.
7.30 Australia Capitol Territory was disappointing and frankly boring to anyone not from the ACT and probably to some from the ACT. The host and guests were at the National Arboretum and broadcast in gale force winds. It was very distracting during what seemed an interminable half hour of navel gazing. The host was easy on the eye and though his hair started off looking nice, the wind soon did its damage. He almost lost it at the wrap up goodbye, but recovered well.
7.30 West Australia. Well what to say? It was such a professional programme without obvious emotion. I was very impressed by the standard of the programme presented by Andrew O'Connor
7.30 Northern Territory. Louisa Rebgetz, quite good in an NT manner. I was hoping for an appearance by former host Clare Martin, who went on to be Chief Minister of the NT, but that did not happen. But no crocodile story? Really!
7.30 Queensland Matt Wordsworth. His presentation was quite good. I remember him from radio.
7.30 South Australia Simon Royal. A couple of interesting stories and a wrap. Not so emo and a very good story about emergency treatment and how it matters on whether you have a problem during the week or at the weekend.
7.30 New South Wales presenter Quentin Dempster went out with a bang with recorded wave offs from fellow staff.
As I said, the loss of these local programmes is a terrible thing. I forget which presenter it was but one was given a resounding applause from his fellow staff. As for Quentin Dempster, he has been sacked from the ABC. That is Quentin Dempster, journalist, author, receiver of a Walkley award for journalism, exposer of corruption within police forces and the underworld, recipient of an OAM for services to journalism, former staff representative on the board of the ABC. After the last edition of 7.30 NSW, he was told his service was no longer required. Our ABC sacked one of the best of in Australia. I would suggest to our ABC, it is better to have Quentin on the inside than the outside, not that being on the inside would sully his reporting about the ABC.