Vale: Bruce Webster

Former ABC broadcaster, who covered the Apollo 11 mission in the US, has died.

Pioneering ABC broadcaster Bruce Webster, who covered the Apollo 11 mission, has died, aged 92.

He joined the ABC Radio in 1947 after the second world war as a messenger boy and moved into an announcing role two years later.

He served as a TV news presenter at ABC’s Gore Hill studios, and had various roles presentation and reporting until the 1960s. He then moved to commercial media, fronting Seven breakfast show Today with Pat Lovell and Paul Bongiorno, and an episode of Sydney Tonight in 1969.

During the 1960s he was sent to at Cape Canaveral in the US to cover the Apollo 11 mission.

Following a term in NSW State Politics he returned to ABC Radio. He also presented a weekly wrap of federal parliamentary activities from the new Parliament House in an ABC’s The House, retiring in 1992. He also received an Order of Australia (OAM) Medal, Queens Jubilee Medal and the Centenary Medal.

Just days before his passing he gave an interview to ABC Central Coast’s Emma Simkin, on his Apollo 11 coverage.

“For the 3000 press who were there, it was something you never dream of,” he said.

“The crowd that gathered was estimated to be a million people.”

Source: Radio Info

2 Responses

  1. “During the 1970s he was sent to at Cape Canaveral in the US to cover the Apollo 11 mission.”

    The Apollo 11 mission took place from July 16 to July 24, 1969. Other Apollo missions (10-17) took place in the 1970s. You might want to issue a correction.

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