Vale: Tony Dickinson

2014-08-14_2113Former news presenter Tony “Dicko” Dickinson, best known as the frontman of Channel TEN’s Adelaide News in the 1980s, has died following a battle with cancer.

He passed away yesterday after being diagnosed 18 months ago.

Dickinson pioneered Australian TV’s 6pm one-hour news format at SAS10 (now SAS7). He was the frontman of Channel TEN’s Adelaide News in the 1980’s, working alongside such names as Anne Wills, Jane Reilly and Anne Sanders.

Prior to television, “Dicko” also worked in radio. A former Program Director of Radio 4BH in Brisbane, he was the first to break the news about the Granville Train Disaster for 2UE.

In his final weeks, Dickinson went public about his hospitalisation. His wife Sharon thanked the many well-wishers who made contact following a recent story.

“Tony was really overwhelmed by those comments, from so many people,” she said.

Funeral arrangements are 1:30pm Hillside Chapel at Palmdale – Ourimbah (NSW Central Coast) and open to the public.

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