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Bruce Paige

 

Bruce Paige

Bruce Paige (born 8 or 9 November 1948) is a newsreader in Brisbane, Australia. He previously co-presented Nine News Queensland alongside Melissa Downes, having paired with Jillian Whiting and Heather Foord. In 2012 he returned to full time reading to present the Gold Coast news for Nine News.

Career

First coming to prominence on television reading the ABC bulletin, Paige's career at the station began in January 1971, before he moved to Channel Nine in 1985. He left Nine in 1990 for Network Ten, but had soon moved back to his native but had soon moved back to his native Townsville, reading the local news there for three years. In 1994, Paige returned to Nine's statewide news as a weekend newsreader, and by 1995 was back in the weeknight position.[1]

Paige also hosted Channel Nine's short-lived Queensland current affairs program, Eye On Queensland during 1997 and has been used in a presenting role in a number of documentaries on the network. In 2003, an incident occurred whereby then weekend newsreader Mike London organised a female fan to complain about the newsreading technique of Bruce Paige. London allegedly told the woman, believed to be a friend of his, to suggest that Paige "could do with a personality bypass", suggesting that London did a better job of presenting. When the plot was exposed in a local newspaper, Mike London resigned from Channel Nine.

Following Cyclone Larry in north Queensland, Paige delivered a series of reports from the region. These were described at the time as being quite personal, as he grew up not far from the affected areas.

In November 2008, Paige was criticized for bumbling through co-presenter Heather Foord's announcement to resign from the weeknight news presenting position. Paige showed no emotion to Foord and awkwardly commented that he respected her decision. Paige defended his comments, suggesting that he was being rushed to end the bulletin on time.[2]

On Wednesday evening the 17th of June 2009, Bruce announced at the end of Nine News his intention to step down as presenter of Nine's Brisbane bulletin. He says he and his wife will start exploring the World, but he says he'll still be doing what he can to assist at Nine, adding a quote: "not goodbye but see you later".[3] He presented his final bulletin on Friday 26th June 2009.

During the summer of 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 Paige filled in for Andrew Lofthouse and Melissa Downes on Nine News Queensland, presenting the bulletin solo.

Trivia

  • "Paigey", as he is known, is familiar for his signoff of "That's how it is this [day]", occasionally varied to "That's not exactly how it is" for humorous effect after the final human interest story of the bulletin.

References

Media offices
Preceded by
Don Seccombe & Paul Griffin
Nine News Queensland
Weeknight Co-Presenter
with Sarah Henderson (1985), Robin Parkin (1986-1989)

1985-1989
Succeeded by
Mike London & Robin Parkin
Preceded by
Geoff Mullins & Anna McMahon
Ten Evening News
Weeknight Presenter

1990
Succeeded by
Glenn Taylor & Marie-Louise Theile
Preceded by
Dean Felton & Kym Carter
Nine News Queensland
Weekend Co-Presenter
with Samantha Kume, Anna McMahon

December 1993 - December 1995
Succeeded by
Mike London & Samantha Kume
Preceded by
Mike London
Nine News Queensland
Weeknight Presenter
with Heather Foord (1996-2002, 2004-2008), Jillian Whiting (2002-2003), Melissa Downes (2009)

January 1996 - June 2009
Succeeded by
Andrew Lofthouse
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