One of Australia’s most respected anchor/journalists, Andrew Olle died Dec.12 of a brain tumor, four days after collapsing in his Sydney home.
Olle, two weeks away from his 48th birthday, spent 25 of his 28-year electronic media career with pubcaster Australian Broadcasting Corp., reporting for and anchoring the prestigious TV current affairs shows “This Day Tonight,” “Nationwide,” “A Big Country,” “Four Corners” (which he hosted for 10 years) and “The 7:30 Report.” He also presented ABC Radio 2’s morning program for nine years and was due to take over the drivetime slot.
Tributes for the respected journalist have poured in from all sides of politics and society, including the prime minister, federal opposition leader and state premiers. As one media commentator put it: “You don’t get too many journalists who are mourned by a nation.”
He is survived by his wife Annette and three children, Nicholas, Sam and Nina.