Former TV journalist Quentin Fogarty, best known for filming a UFO incident off New Zealand, has died, aged 73.
The Age reports he was found dead at his St Kilda home by emergency services in early July after being alerted by his children, who couldn’t raise him. He’d retired from a long and illustrious media career just a week earlier.
Fogarty worked Nine, Seven, 10, ABC and SBS. He claimed to be the first person hired to work for SBS in 1980, later winning a Logie in 1985 for his documentary Frontline Afghanistan.
He was working for Channel 0 Melbourne and was with a film crew on board a freight aircraft in 1978 when he reported on “the Kaikoura UFO incident” off the coast of the South Island of NZ in 1978. It remains the world’s first verified film encounter with a UFO.
Three months after that flight, at a press conference in New York, a group of American scientists said the light sources captured on film could not be explained by conventional means.
He was always convinced that enhanced computer analysis of the film might get closer to finding what he saw that night and was working on this project at the time of his death.
‘Q Ball’ also made documentaries, trained hundreds of politicians and executives in media training and in his later career worked in issues management, corporate and government communications.