Leigh Sales set to return to host the ABC’s Australian Story on February 27


Leigh Sales announces TV comeback as host of ABC’s Australian Story – six months after her shock exit from The 7.30 report

Leigh Sales will make her return to TV as host of the ABC’s Australian Story on February 27.

The celebrated journalist will present the weekly half-hour documentary series famed for profiling Aussies and their challenging life stories. 

Sales, 49, shocked viewers when she announced her resignation as anchor of the national broadcaster’s The 7.30 Report in February last year.

Leigh Sales will make her return to TV as host of the ABC’s Australian Story on February 27 Pictured: Leigh Sales

Sarah Ferguson, who replaced Sales, will continue to host The 7.30 Report.

Meanwhile, TV Blackbox reports that the ABC will be launching a new season of their current affairs flagship Four Corners on January 30.

And after a troubled year of declining ratings, the broadcaster’s topical panel show, Q&A will also be back on January 30 hosted by Stan Grant.

It comes after Sales left her high-profile gig as host of ABC’s 7.30 on June 30.

The celebrated journalist shocked her fans last February when she announced she was resigning from her high-profile gig as anchor of The 7.30 Report

The celebrated journalist shocked her fans last February when she announced she was resigning from her high-profile gig as anchor of The 7.30 Report

She later revealed she would use her six months of long service leave to get ‘some rest’ and spend quality time with her two young boys. 

Caroline Jones was the original host of Australian Story but sadly died in May at the age of 84 after a fall in her Sydney home. 

The program has been without a host since 2016 after Jones left and was using talent from each week’s show to introduce the story.

Sales will present the weekly half-hour documentary series famed for profiling Aussies and their challenging life stories

Sales will present the weekly half-hour documentary series famed for profiling Aussies and their challenging life stories

Sales new hosting job was first announced at the ABC’s Upfronts last November and the popular star said it was an honour to follow Jones as host of the program.

‘Australian Story is one of the most beloved programs in the country and I am so excited and humbled to be invited to front it,’ Sales said. 

‘I can’t wait to be involved in the production process of such a talented team.’

Sales later revealed she would use her six months of long service leave after her last 7.30 Report on June 30 to get 'some rest' and spend quality time with her two young boys

Sales later revealed she would use her six months of long service leave after her last 7.30 Report on June 30 to get ‘some rest’ and spend quality time with her two young boys

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