One of Australia’s veteran journalists, Peter Luck, has passed away at 73 years of age, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Idato and Rachel Olding reported today. Mike Carlton, a close friend and colleague of Luck’s, said he passed last night after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Luck’s departure took people in Australian media by surprise and tributes have flowed in. Sally Neighbour, executive producer of ABC’s Four Corners, said he was "one of the true greats of journalism, a role model to generations of reporters".
Idato said Luck “never seemed quite right in an office; was more at home on the road, reporting from the field.”
“RIP. A very good man, Peter Luck, formidable journalist and writer, with a strongly Australian bent,” The Sun-Herald’s Peter FitzSimons tweeted.
Luck first entered the media circuit in the late 1960s as a reporter for This Day Tonight. The job became a stepping stone for working on shows such as Four Corners, Today Tonight, Nine’s Sunday, and the iconic series This Fabulous Century. Luck also wrote a number of books, including the print version of This Fabulous Century, The Australians, and The Sydney Harbour Bridge: 80 Fascinating Facts.
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