Peter Luck, pioneering Australian broadcaster, dies at 73

Angelo Anderson
September 7, 2017

Veteran reporter Peter Luck has died aged 73, his family announced on Thursday.

Luck's friend, the journalist Mike Carlton, said to day he was "saddened beyond measure to report the death last night of Peter Luck".

In a tribute on Twitter, his friend and former radio broadcaster Mike Carlton said the respected television journalist - who appeared on several current affair shows including Today Tonight, Four Corners and Inside Edition - died on Wednesday night.

Luck was also a columnist for The Sun-Herald in the 1990s.

Peter Luck, pictured in 1981, stepped into the limelight as a reporter on This Day Tonight, the ABC's then-flagship current affairs program.

The series, which broke ratings records for Seven, was honoured with a TV Week Logie Award.


Mr Luck is understood to have died after developing the debilitating neurological condition Parkinson's. A Time to Remember, a series of 266 mini-documentaries shot on 350 locations.

In 1995 Luck continued to work with popular history, bringing 50 Fantastic Years specials and Salute to Australians at War minutes to Nine commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II.

"I'm deeply, deeply sad because he was a true friend, a great friend and one of Australia's finest television journalists", Carlton wrote to social media.

Other tributes for Luck, who also worked for the Seven Network, came from journalist and author Peter FitzSimons, and from the Australian Financial Review writer Laura Tingle.

Carlton told the ABC his late friend was "immensely creative, he was amusing, he was knowledgeable and he cared very deeply about public broadcast".

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