70 years on right Paige
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”.
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.