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Channel Seven announcer John Deeks QUITS the network after 44 years

Channel Seven star QUITS the network: Veteran announcer John Deeks – known as ‘the Voice of Seven’ – amicably departs after 44 years

Channel Seven announcer John Deeks has amicably parted ways with the network after 44 years.

The 69-year-old is best known for his voice-overs on programs including The New Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, Press Your Luck and Deal or No Deal.

Often referred to as ‘the Voice of Seven’, John joined the network in 1976.

Take a bow: Veteran Channel Seven announcer John Deeks, known as ‘the Voice of Seven’, has amicably parted ways with the network after 44 years. Pictured with the Sunrise Cash Cow

He began his career at Melbourne radio stations 3UZ and 3DB and also hosted the Australia after Dark segment on the Macquarie Radio Network nationally.

In addition to his voice-over work, he was the ‘warm-up guy’ for tapings of Deal or No Deal and Wheel of Fortune and hosted the weekly Lotto draws for 20 years.

John spoke about his career at Seven and revealed the demanding nature of the job in an interview from 2018.

‘They can call me 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If someone passes away at three in the morning and they need to recut the Sunrise promo, you can call me, I will fix it,’ he told TV Tonight.

Career: John, 69, joined Seven in 1976 and is best known for his voice-overs on programs including Wheel of Fortune and Deal or No Deal. Pictured with Sunrise host Sam Armytage

Career: John, 69, joined Seven in 1976 and is best known for his voice-overs on programs including Wheel of Fortune and Deal or No Deal. Pictured with Sunrise host Sam Armytage

The announcement comes after veteran broadcaster Melissa Doyle left Seven after 25 years in August.

Her departure is believed to be the result of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Seven particularly hard.

The former Sunrise host, 50, said in a statement: ‘For 25 years, I have called Channel Seven home. I’ve had the privilege to share stories that mattered, meet incredible people and be there for significant moments in history.’

End of an era: The announcement comes after veteran broadcaster Melissa Doyle (pictured) left Seven after 25 years in August. Her departure is believed to be the result of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Seven particularly hard

End of an era: The announcement comes after veteran broadcaster Melissa Doyle (pictured) left Seven after 25 years in August. Her departure is believed to be the result of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Seven particularly hard

She continued: ‘I am incredibly proud of the work I have done and appreciative of the trust and warmth our viewers have shown me.

‘I want to thank the consummate professionals I have worked with along the way, in particular our Chairman Kerry Stokes for his constant support.’

She concluded: ‘I leave Seven with a great deal of pride, satisfaction and gratitude.’

Pioneer: Melissa was one of Sunrise's first hosts, before the breakfast show was temporarily axed in 1999 and brought back the following year. Pictured alongside co-host David Koch

Pioneer: Melissa was one of Sunrise’s first hosts, before the breakfast show was temporarily axed in 1999 and brought back the following year. Pictured alongside co-host David Koch

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