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Nov 30, 2012

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ABC TV's big year ... Clarke & Dawe sign off ... UK Leveson reax ...

Clarke and Dawe sign off. 7.30 host Leigh Sales informed viewers last night she was bidding adieu for 2012 and that political editor Chris Uhlmann will fill in until February. Veteran satirical duo Clarke and Dawe also signed off with a signature sketch blending cricket and the AWU affair. “That was the final Clarke and Dawe for this year,” said a beaming Sales. “I am delighted to say they’ll be back on ABC1 in 2013.”

No mention, you’ll note, of them returning to 7.30. If Clarke and Dawe are indeed getting the heave-ho from the high-profile current affairs program after 12 years’ service, a more meaningful goodbye is surely in the works. An ABC spokeswoman told Crikey today she was unaware where Clarke and Dawe will end up next year, but said Insiders and the state-based Friday version of 7.30 had been considered. — Matthew Knott

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