Legendary newsreader James Dibble, who presented the first ever ABC TV news bulletin in 1956, has died from cancer aged 87.
Dibble presented ABC News in Sydney for 27 years, becoming one of the most recognisable faces on Australian television.
His last bulletin was in 1983 before he was succeeded by Richard Morecroft, who paid tribute yesterday.
“I was a little surprised at how modest a man he was for somebody who had such an extraordinary reputation,” he said.
ABC managing director Mark Scott described Dibble as “a gentleman, a fine newsreader, much loved across Australia”.
“He was the figure of trust that we all turned to at 7 o’clock every night, bringing the great events of the world and the great events of Australia.”