'The Voice of 7' John Deeks leaves network after 44 years

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Channel Seven announcer John Deeks has revealed he will be leaving the network after 44 years.

The Australian television and radio presenter is best known for his promo voiceovers for shows like Sunrise, as well his role as announcer on Wheel of Fortune, Press Your Luck, Deal or No Deal, or It Takes Two.

John Deeks with Sunrise host Sam Armytage
John Deeks with Sunrise host Sam Armytage. Photo: Facebook

John "Deeksie" Deeks - often referred to as the ‘Voice of 7’ - has also been a warm up guy for shows, had a stint hosting Family Feud, and was the face of the Lotto draws for two decades.

He started his career on Melbourne radio stations 3UZ and 3DB, before making the move to Channel 7 in 1976.

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The 69-year-old and the network are now parting ways amicably, TV Tonight reports.

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John Deeks joined the Seven Network in 1976. Photo: Twitter

In a 2018 interview, John referred to himself as the ‘go-to guy’ for the network.

“I do stuff for WA, South Australia, NSW, Queensland, and here in Victoria. It’s the whole network. I’m the ‘go-to’ guy thank God. But I’ve made it that way. I’ve really made sure they know I am available,” he told TV Tonight.

“They can call me 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If someone passes away at 3:00 in the morning and they need to recut the Sunrise promo, you can call me, I will fix it.”

The news comes after fellow network veteran Melissa Doyle also left Seven after 25 years.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 05:  Melissa Doyle arrives ahead of the Harper's Bazaar - Fabulous At Every Age event at Missy French on July 5, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Melissa Doyle also left the network after 25 years. Photo: Getty

The newsreader, best known for her roles hosting Sunrise opposite David Koch for more than a decade and hosting Sunday Night for four years, made the announcement in August.

In a statement shared on a new personal website via her Twitter page, Melissa said she was ‘sad to be leaving’ and, but left the network with a great deal of ‘pride, satisfaction and gratitude.’

And in October, Sunrise host David Koch’s ‘goodbye’ post also sent fans into a panic.

‘Kochie’ shared an emotional tribute on his 18 year anniversary as host of the breakfast program that many interpreted as a wistful goodbye.

“Are you leaving Sunrise?” asked person event asked.

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