70 years on right Paige

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AMANDA ROBBEMOND

BRUCE Paige has done and seen it all — and he won’t be slow­ing down any­time soon.

Even if he is cel­e­brat­ing his 70th birth­day to­day.

The sea­soned 9 News an­chor is in his 52nd year as a broad­caster, and there are no plans to re­tire just yet.

“Even if I re­tired I’d just keep do­ing what I do,” he said.

“Oth­er­wise I would be bored.”

It is a job that has taken him far and wide across Aus­tralia.

He was there when Cy­clone Larry hit in March 2006 and in Tas­ma­nia one month later at the Bea­cons­field mine as res­cuers scram­bled to save two men trapped un­der­ground for two weeks.

Mr Paige also cov­ered the dev­as­tat­ing Queens­land floods in 2011. He said he fol­lowed the floods across the state as they peaked, re­count­ing peo­ple’s tragic sto­ries as they lost ev­ery­thing.

“News keeps chang­ing, the sto­ries are sim­i­lar but it’s dif­fer­ent names and places,” he said.

Mr Paige’s lengthy ca­reer started in 1966 at the small ra­dio sta­tion 4MB in Mary­bor­ough — but it was quickly pulled from air when it re­ceived its first phone bill.

From 1968 to 1970 he worked at WBQ8 be­fore at­tempt­ing to take a de­gree in jour­nal­ism in the mid-70s.

That was quickly aban­doned as he moved to the ABC and then his home for the past three decades, 9 News, in 1985.

Mr Paige said he wanted to thank those who had let him into their liv­ing rooms over the years, ad­ding “I take the in­vi­ta­tion se­ri­ously”.

Pic­ture: DAVID CLARK

Gold Coast Chan­nel 9 news reader Bruce Paige, who has been on Queens­land ra­dio and TV for 52 years, is cel­e­brat­ing his 70th birth­day to­day.

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