Frank Warrick, veteran Brisbane television presenter, has died at the age of 76.
He was surrounded by family when he died early Tuesday morning, following a five-year battle with dementia.
His career started in radio in Toowoomba in 1963. He then became a familiar face with Brisbane viewers, from the time he started at BTQ7 in 1976 as a reporter and newsreader. He had a brief stint as newsreader at QTQ9 before returning to Seven in 1986.
He went on to anchor the Brisbane bulletin of Seven Nightly News with Simone Semmens in 1988, then with Kay McGrath from 1989 through to his retirement in 2001. During this time he also presented and produced documentaries for Frank Warrick’s World Around Us on Seven, and became a national presenter as host of Million Dollar Chance Of A Lifetime.
In 1994 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for service to the media, to conservation and to the community.
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After retirement he made a brief return to television in 2002, at National Nine News, and then back again in 2007 as Nine’s weather presenter.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk paid tribute to Warrick earlier today in Queensland Parliament: “Frank was a welcome guest in thousands of Queensland homes for many decades as a newsreader and as a journalist. His love for this state was on show in a documentary series called The World Around Us, especially the part he loved best, Queensland.
“Our sympathies of this house go to Frank’s wife, Lyn, and their family.”