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Veteran ex-BBC broadcaster dies

By Phil Mercer
BBC News, Sydney

Red Harrison
Red Harrison was one of Australia's most recognisable radio personalities

Red Harrison, a former BBC journalist, has died at the age of 75 in a hospital in Sydney after a long illness.

Arthur Leslie Harrison was born in South Shields in north-east England and moved to Australia as teenager.

Known as Red on account of his flame-coloured hair, he worked as a labourer on a Queensland cattle station (known as a jackaroo).

This was followed by a stint in Papua New Guinea before he drifted into journalism.

He was a successful newspaper editor in Perth and Sydney and went on to become one of Australia's most recognisable radio personalities.

Red Harrison had one of the most distinctive voices in the business.

Friends have described his deep tones as "well lived in".

He presented the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's flagship radio news programme AM between 1981 and 1986. For years he was the voice of the BBC in the Antipodes.

He was a talented pianist and chess player, who also found time to indulge his passion for flying and military history.

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