TV presenter and journalist Peter Luck, best known for This Fabulous Century, has died aged 73.
He died yesterday following a long and painful battle with Parkinson’s disease, according to friend Mike Carlton.
“Saddened beyond measure to report the death last night of Peter Luck. My dear friend, and great journalist and writer,” Carlton wrote.
“Peter was one of the great ABC television journalists, he was one of the pioneers of This Day Tonight, that trailblazing current affairs show.
“He was immensely creative, he was funny, he was knowledgeable and he cared very deeply about public broadcast.”
Luck presented This Fabulous Century for Seven which became a Sunday night hit in the late 1970s. His previous employer, ABC had declined the project believing that a series that relied so heavily on black-and-white film, when the country had only recently switched to colour television, would not be successful.
He also presented or produced This Day Tonight, Four Corners, Sunday, Today Tonight and Inside Edition and produced Bicentennial Minutes, A Time to Remember, The Australians and Where Are They Now? He was also summer host on Hinch.
Luck was also a columnist for The Sun-Herald in the late 1990s and wrote books including books on Australian history including This Fabulous Century and Australian Icons: Things That Make Us What We Are.
Updated: ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie said: “Peter Luck was a trailblazing journalist who became a role model to generations of reporters and was also loved and respected by audiences.
“He made a huge contribution to the ABC in his early career and remains forever part of the fabric of the national broadcaster. All ABC staff join me in paying our respects to Peter and passing on our deepest sympathies to his family.”
Director News Gaven Morris paid tribute to Peter’s pioneering work, which included reporting for iconic ABC current affairs programs This Day Tonight and Four Corners.
“Peter was an extremely talented broadcaster with a natural warmth and accessibility that Australians immediately responded to,” he said. “His wonderful conversational tone – actually a rare ability – made everyone feel like he was talking directly to us.
“His legacy lives on at the ABC and he will not be forgotten.”