ABC Managing Director, David Anderson, has paid tribute to Geoff Duncan who passed away recently.
Geoff’s long career in broadcast media included his role as GM of 2GB during the 1980’s before taking on the role of General Manager for the Macquarie Network in 1987/1988.
He moved into television as the station manager of Channel 10 Sydney, and then Managing Director of Capital Television.
Geoff became the State Director of the ABC in W.A. in 1998 until retiring in 2013.
In a note to staff at the ABC, David Anderson said,
Geoff was well-known across the corporation for his passion and advocacy of the ABC in WA. He was State Director for almost 16 years from 1998 until his retirement in 2013 and oversaw the move from the ABC’s former Adelaide Terrace studios to our current site in East Perth. Geoff’s first role in the ABC was as a radio current affairs reporter and he later headed the AM/PM’s Canberra bureau before moving into management.
Geoff was the first manager to really bring the WA branch together, championing new local television productions such as How The Quest Was Won; Pet Show and Can We Help? and taking radio into the community, forging strong connections with local government and artistic and cultural organisations and sitting on the board of the Perth International Arts Festival. He had an enthusiasm for the ABC and WA that was contagious and galvanized staff across the state.
Our thoughts are with Geoff’s family, friends and former colleagues.