Popular ABC radio host Helen Tzarimas has revealed she’ll be stepping away from the national broadcaster after almost two decades.
The national news presenter made the announcement in a post to her Twitter account on Friday in which she addressed her listeners.
“Dear Listener, with mixed emotions, I am preparing to leave the ABC and say goodbye as your radio newsreader,” Ms Tzarimas said.
“It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to be a voice you’ve listened to for more than 18 years.
“My wish is that you remain informed, inspired, and above all, well.”
The sudden news triggered an outpouring of messages from Ms Tzarimas listeners and fellow radio hosts.
Sydney radio presenter Julie McCrossin said Ms Tzarimas would be missed.
“Thank you for all you your wonderful work,” she said.
Listener Leonie Wood said she listened to Ms Tzarimas “every day”, and thanks her for her years presenting.
“You are the rock of hourly news announcers – unflappable, eloquent, professional, and perfectly pitched,” she said.
“Thank you for your years and years of service – to use, your listeners. Here’s wishing you a wonderful, peaceful life ahead.”
Ms Tzarimas’ departure from the ABC is the latest to rock the national broadcaster this year.
In May, Q+A host Stan Grant stepped away from the role citing systemic failures to address racism at the broadcaster.
Long-time newsreader Juanita Phillips announced in July she too would be stepping aside after 21 years at the ABC.