Peter Gee’s goodbye

A chapter in broadcast history in Tasmania is about to close with the announced retirement of the ABC’s Peter Gee.

His career spans 40-years and began in commercial radio in country Victoria in 1978. It wasn’t long before he joined the ABC, spending 18 years in the sports department in Hobart and Melbourne.

For the past 20-years, he’s presented the ABC TV’s flagship news bulletin at 7pm, while also reading the afternoon news on Radio Hobart and ABC Northern Tasmania.

In a statement announcing the news, ABC director news, analysis & investigations Gaven Morris said Peter would be greatly missed.

“The ABC won’t be the same without Peter Gee. He has been a familiar presence in the lives of generations of Tasmanians on both TV and radio.

“First as a sports broadcaster and then as the state’s longest-serving 7pm newsreader.”

As for the man himself, Peter has thanked Tasmanians for letting him into their lounge rooms and on their radios.

“The face I’ve been allowed to go on this long tells me I’ve been doing something right and from that I take great satisfaction.

“It has been a privilege to have been of service to such a loyal audience and to be held in some sort of regard by them.

“I’m now very much looking forward to life away from the microphone and studio camera.”

Peter will read his final bulletin on August 3rd with his replacement to be announced in the coming weeks.

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