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Brian Weir Henderson AM (born 15 September 1931) is a New Zealandmarker-born Australian television personality who hosted the Australian version of Bandstand from 1958 until 1972. Henderson also holds the record for the longest serving television news presenter, having read either the weekend or the weeknight news on Sydneymarker station TCN-9marker from January 1957 until his retirement in late November 2002. Henderson took part in the reunion with Channel Nine for the 50th birthday of Australian television in September 2006.

The tagline Henderson used to sign off at the end of every newscast was, interchangeably, "...and that's the way it is." or "the way it is"; the sign-off originally came from the American newsreader Walter Cronkite.

At the end of his final bulletin, Henderson's voice wavered as he told viewers it was time to watch the news, not present it:
"Not the way it was, as has been suggested, but for the last time, the way it is, this Friday the 29th of November, this is Brian Henderson - a sad Brian Henderson - saying not goodnight, this time, but goodbye."


The Simpson Army Barracks have a Henderson Bandstand often mistakenly thought to be named after Brian Henderson and his show. The bandstand was actually named after Alex Henderson, a tenor horn player in the Army Band who rose to become the Director of Music in the Australian Army.

In the Australia Day Honours of 2009, he was named a Member of Order of Australia for "service as a pioneer in the television news and entertainment sectors, and as a mentor to aspiring and established presenters, readers and journalists".

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  1. 2003/169/5 Pen, plastic, used by Brian Henderson, made by Pentel, Japan, 2002 - Powerhouse Museum Collection


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