Australian Newsman Richard Carleton Dies On The Job
May 8, 2006 at 4:52 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of AUSTRALIAN TV and radio newsman RICHARD CARLETON, who died SUNDAY while covering a press conference at the BEACONSFIELD gold mine.
CARLETON, 63, best known for his work on the NINE NETWORK's AUSTRALIAN version of "60 MINUTES," started in radio at the AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORP., quickly moved into TV in 1965 as the CANBERRA correspondent for "THIS DAY TONIGHT" and host of "STATE OF THE NATION," and later moved on to 2GB/SYDNEY, the BBC, and back to the ABC before becoming a familiar face on "60 MINUTES," on which he was known for tough questioning, starting in 1987. He was covering the story of the trapped miners at a collapsed mine in BEACONSFIELD when, shortly after asking the mine manager why he sent the miners to work despite a rock fall in OCTOBER a short distance from the present collapse, he collapsed and was taken to a hospital where he died shortly therafter.