Vale: Melody IIiffe

Former Nine Brisbane news presenter Melody Iliffe, a pioneering news reader, died last week, surrounded by family.

She is reportedly Australia’s first female news presenter, the first female news presenter to win a Logie Award inscribed as “acknowledged ability in a man’s domain.”

As Melody Welsh she was working as a production assistant on QTQ9’s children’s show the Channel Niners when she was asked to fill in as a station announcer.

She would go on to join Don Seccombe she turned Nine’s Brisbane News into a ratings powerhouse. She also married Channel Niners host “Captain” Jim Iliffe.

Former QTQ9 boss Hugh Cornish said, “She was outstanding. She was one of a kind.”



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