Sad news for the ABC

19 Aug

It’s a shocking and sorrowful morning today for the families and for ABC staff, with news of the loss of veteran journalist Paul Lockyer, cameraman John Bean, and pilot Gary Ticehurst in a helicopter crash in a remote part of South Australia last night.

As a long-time ABC audience, our household sends condolences, and our very best thoughts and wishes to everyone affected by the loss of three fine professionals and family members.



4 Responses to “Sad news for the ABC”

  1. Julia August 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    We’re totally gutted in our household. Paul & I crossed paths a number of times years ago. Have only admiration & respect for him as a warm caring human being & as a brilliant reporter with those very rare attributes…common sense & ethics. Any story he did was well worth making the time to watch.
    My partner spent hours recently in John’s company up at Rawson, Vic, with the search parties looking for a missing girl (who, happily, was found safe). He was a great bloke, down-to-earth, and had a wicked sense of humour. And a genius when it came to filming & photography.
    And Gary we never actually met but followed via radio scanner the rescues in 1998; since then his was always a welcome voice over the airwaves as he flew in and out of the area. In Gippsland he is, was, always will be, a true-blue hero.


    • Jennifer Wilson August 20, 2011 at 7:38 am #

      The three of them were artists, in my opinion. Together they recently produced such brilliant work – those images of Lake Eyre that apparently inspired John Olsen –
      Such a loss for their families first of all, and then for everyone who knew them and their work.


  2. Steve at the Pub August 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Never met any of them. Or perhaps I did meet Gary Ticehurst. I know so many helicopter pilots it is difficult to remember. Whenever the media are in town I loan my car to the pilots, but almost certainly have not loaned (the journos jump into a hire car & zoom off trying to scoop the rival channels, leaving all the pilots to spend a couple of days walking around)


  3. Steve at the Pub August 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    … (preview is my friend) … almost certainly have not loaned my car to Gary Ticehurst.


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