Legendary Queensland TV newsreader Frank Warrick has died at the age of 76.
Warrick passed away peacefully early this morning following a five-year battle with dementia.
He was considered an icon of the Queensland TV industry after a career spanning 40 years.
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Warrick began his long stint at Channel Seven as a part-time weekend newsreader in 1976.
He was promoted to full-time weekend newsreader the following year.
Warrick was later moved to weekdays, eventually co-presenting with Kay McGrath until 2001.
Ms McGrath has expressed her condolences to Warrick’s wife Lyn and his family.
“We had a very successful 13 year on air relationship during the 80’s and 90’s when 6pm news was a ritual for viewers.
“Live TV can be a challenging environment at times, but we always had each other’s backs. Frank was the consummate professional – I never saw him fazed or flustered on air. He taught me a lot and I’m very saddened to hear he’s left ‘this world around us’.”
Channel Seven Brisbane News Director Neil Warren described Warrick as the ‘ultimate newsman’.
“Frank changed the way TV news was delivered in Queensland, going live on air for hours on end with breaking news and putting himself at the centre of big stories.
“What he pioneered back then, continues with our team today.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also paid tribute to the TV icon in State Parliament on Tuesday.
“Frank was a welcome guest in thousands of Queensland homes for many decades as a newsreader and as a journalist,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“His love for this state was on show in a documentary series called The World Around Us, especially the part he loved best, Queensland. Our sympathies go to Frank’s wife Lyn and their family.”