Calls for Leigh Sales to be removed and replaced by Laura Tingle
Calls for Leigh Sales to be removed from The 7.30 Report and replaced by ABC co-star Laura Tingle – but she has a cheeky message for the haters
- Calls are increasingasing for host Leigh Sales being dumped from ABC’s 7.30 show
- Colleague Laura Tingle responded on Twitter to speculation she could take over
- Political expert Ms. Sales, 48, hosted 7:30 a.m. on the ABC dating back to 2011
Calls are mounting for veteran host Leigh Sales from ABC’s 7.30 Report program, but her acclaimed colleague isn’t interested in the role.
“We need to campaign to make Laura Tingle the regular host of 7:30am,” wrote a post on Twitter last night, which received more than 5,000 likes.
In response to the report, 60-year-old Tingle expressed her admiration for Sales, a highly respected political reporter and author.
‘Thanks, but no you don’t. My day job is more fun,” Tingle tweeted in response.
“And I’m amazed at what Leigh Sales does day after day in a rather horrendous environment of social media sh*t.”
Tingle’s public statement that she didn’t want to replace Sales on the hot seat won her a lot of fans on social media.
Calls are mounting on social media to remove veteran host Leigh Sales (pictured) from ABC’s 7.30 program
Colleague Laura Tingle (pictured center) has been touted online as Leigh Sales’ replacement, but the ABC journalist doesn’t covet the anchor role at 7:30 p.m.
Laura Tingle (pictured in Canberra) defended Leigh Sales on Twitter, before declaring she was not interested in the host role on ABC’s 7.30
‘Thank you for your response, Laura. This divisive campaign by many on Twitter was pretty vicious. You and Leigh Sales are both great journalists and the ABC is lucky to have such a range of talent,” one wrote.
Another tweeted that many members of the public would quickly turn against Tingle if she was at the helm of the hit ABC show.
And then when she does something that people don’t agree with, Twitter turns against her. I like Laura Tingle, but I think some people’s obsession with Leigh Sales is overblown.’
A third said the ABC was lucky to have both talented women on its payroll.
‘Why do we always try to compare and form tribal, hostile, all-or-nothing positions? We have two extraordinary journalists of general interest serving us in complementary roles with our national broadcaster,” the man tweeted.
“Let’s just appreciate that.”
Sales, 48, is a polarizing – but widely respected – figure in the eyes of many viewers.
She is an ABC veteran and was the network’s political correspondent in Washington from 2001 to 2005.
From 2008-2010, Sales, a three-time Walkley winner for her investigative journalism, co-hosted Lateline on the ABC, a nightly national current affairs show that discussed federal politics and international affairs.
In 2011, Sales was named anchor of ABC’s current affairs program 7.30, and has earned a reputation for her no-nonsense style of interrogating numerous prime ministers and world leaders.
ABC journalist Laura Tingle is also said to be dating actor Sam Neill (pictured right) – but the couple are notoriously private and have declined to comment on recent reports of their splitting up