Sir Talbot Sydney Duckmanton, general manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission from 1964 to 1982, died June 12 at the age of 73, following a heart attack at his retirement home in Queensland.
The son of a Melbourne architect, Duckmanton joined the ABC in 1939 and specialized in radio sports journalism. During World War II he served in the Royal Australian Air Force, reporting from overseas and, most notably, covering the Japanese war crimes trials.
As head of the government-funded body, he oversaw the introduction of color television and new directions in radio with the establishment of the national youth-oriented rock radio station Triple-J.
Under his aegis, ABC TV increased its local content and broadened its appeal to the Australian audience with hard-hitting public affairs programming.
He was knighted in 1980.