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Sep 24 2017

Obituary: Melody Iliffe

Melody Iliffe, regarded as the first female newsreader on Australian television, has died. As Melody Welsh, her career in television began working behind the scenes at Brisbane’s QTQ9. She was then plucked from obscurity to read the station’s news beside Don Seccombe. It was the first time a female was appointed as newsreader, an achievement …

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Sep 23 2017

Obituary: David Lyle

David Lyle, the Australian TV producer who became a producer and television executive in the US, has died at the age of 67. Lyle had been battling cancer and died at his Los Angeles home. His early career was as a geologist and high school chemistry teacher, before a shift to television, working as a …

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Sep 08 2017

Obituary: Peter Luck

Peter Luck, journalist, author, producer and presenter, has passed away at the age of 73. He died following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease Luck’s career started in the 1960s, as a reporter for ABC‘s This Day Tonight and later for Four Corners. In 1979 he co-wrote and hosted the documentary series This Fabulous Century. …

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Sep 04 2017

Obituary: Alan Cassell

Alan Cassell, actor on Australian stage, film and television, died last week at the age of 85. Born in the United Kingdom, his acting career began in Western Australia. His work was mainly as a stage actor but he did have a lead role in a locally-produced series, The Drifter — one of the few …

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Aug 26 2017

Obituary: Drew Morphett

Sports broadcaster Drew Morphett has died suddenly at the age of 69. He was found by wife Karen at their Pakenham home late Friday night. Born Andrew Kenneth Morphett in Sydney, he began his media career at ABC radio in 1966. After a stint in Perth he moved to ABC television in Melbourne in the 1970s, …

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Aug 08 2017

Obituary: Ty Hardin

American actor Ty Hardin has died at the age of 87. Born Orison Whipple Hungerford Jnr in New York City, Hardin starred in early American series such as Cheyenne, 77 Sunset Strip and Bronco. But the actor was also to have a leading role in Australia. Hardin was cast in the role of charter boat …

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Jul 31 2017

Obituary: Les Murray

Former SBS sports presenter Les Murray has passed away at the age of 71. Born in Hungary as László Ürge, he came with his family to Australia in the late 1950s as refugees fleeing the Russian occupation. In the early 1970s he became a journalist and later commentated the Philips Soccer League for the 0-10 …

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Jun 08 2017

Obituary: Jill Singer

Jill Singer, award-winning journalist and former host of Today Tonight, has died at the age of 60. She was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder earlier this year. Singer’s career began at ABC radio in 1984, working her way up to television to a reporting role for The 7.30 Report and as producer of breakfast program First …

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Jun 04 2017

Obituary: John K Watts

Perth sporting and media identity John K Watts has died at the age of 80. Watts had been diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in 2011, after previously having prostate cancer. Watts’ son Jon posted a tribute to his father on Facebook: “I am in absolute shock by it all as he was more …

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Jun 01 2017

Obituary: Lyn James

Lyn James, best known to Australians as hospital secretary Helen Gordon in The Young Doctors, has died at the age of 87. Born in Wales, James made her professional debut in 1949 as Marilyn James, working as a theatre actor in the UK, and then moving onto television roles. Some of her television credits included Nicholas …

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