Legendary TV presenter Peter Luck has passed away aged 73

Australian journalist Peter Luck has died following a battle with Parkinson's disease

Veteran TV journalist Peter Luck, the brain behind some of Australia's most beloved shows, has died from Parkinson's aged 73. "My dear friend, and great journalist and writer", Carlton tweeted on Thursday.

Fellow journalist Mike Carlton spoke of his grief for the death of his "dear friend".

Stints followed with the ABC's Four Corners, Nine's Sunday, as well as Seven's Today Tonight.

The Logie winning series was a ratings victor for Seven and was re-made in 1999.

Mr Luck also won acclaim for several historical documentaries including 1979's top-rating and Logie-winning This Fabulous Century, a 36-part TV series detailing Australia in the 20th century and featuring interviews with 300 people. A Time to Remember, which was a series of 266 separate mini-documentaries shot at 350 locations.

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He also authored a number of best selling books including This Fabulous Century and Australian Icons: Things That Make Us What We Are. "He blazed a trail as one of the original reporters of TDT on the ABC. And every TV current affairs journalist is in his debt".

'Peter was a great journalist, we enjoyed great many of his ABC & other stories, he'll be sadly missed, a legend of Australian broadcasting, ' wrote one Twitter user.

That series served as an incubator for some of Australian journalism's most famous personalities: the legendary Bill Peach, Gerald Stone (who was later the producer of 60 Minutes), and reporters such as Richard Carleton and Caroline Jones, Mike Carlton and George Negus, Sonia Humphrey and, of course, a young guy named Peter Luck.

RIP. A very good man, Peter Luck, formidable journalist and writer, with a strongly Australian bent.


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