Obituary: Bob Moore

bobmoore_0001Bob Moore, former presenter for ABC radio and television, has died after a battle with lung cancer.

A sports commentator for ABC radio in the 1950s, Moore was involved in the national broadcaster’s television workshops prior to the launch of television in Australia.

When ABC launched its television service in 1956 Moore hosted Sports Cavalcade and went on to be a sports commentator, announcer and newsreader across both ABC radio and television.

Eventually the radio work was phased out and Moore focused on television, including hosting the Saturday afternoon program Sportsview and presenting regional news bulletins for ABC.

He married ABC producer Margaret Delves (now deceased) and they had five children.

Moore was also on the original Board of Directors for the 729 Club, a Sydney-based social group for television industry employees formed in 1959. (The “729” name reflecting channel numbers 7, 2 and 9)

Moore left the ABC in 1970, joined Sydney radio station 2CH and hosted a game show, Three On A Match, for the Seven Network in 1972-73. The program, adapted from the US by producer Reg Grundy, was billed as “Australia’s first colour game show” although it was produced in black-and-white prior to the introduction of colour television in Australia.

The funeral for Bob Moore will be held on Friday 18 October at 1.30pm at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Avoca Street, Randwick.

Source: TV Times, 10 February 1973. Radioinfo, ABC at Gore Hill
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