Peter Mitchell (newsreader)

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Peter Mitchell
Born (1960-06-14) 14 June 1960 (age 54)
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
Occupation News Presenter
Years active 1977-present

Peter Mitchell (born 14 June 1960), commonly called "Mitch", is the weeknight presenter of Seven News Melbourne.[1]

Career[edit]

Mitchell began at the Nine Network in 1977 as a sport reporter.[2] In this position he covered sports such as Australian rules football, golf, tennis and the Commonwealth Games. In 1982, Peter became a general news reporter and in this position he covered many major stories including Victoria's horrific Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983.[3]

In 1987 Mitchell joined the Seven Network and became weekend news presenter. He held this position for 13 years until November 2000 when he replaced David Johnston and Anne Fulwood as the solo weeknight presenter.

A little known fact is that Mitchell recorded vocals on a Beatles cover track "Baby, You're a Rich Man" from the 1991 album Company of Strangers. This album featured Daryl Braithwaite, Simon Hussey, Jef Scott and James Reyne and was released in 1992 on Columbia Records.[citation needed]

In 1997, Peter was the first news presenter in Australia to break the news, during an AFL match, that Princess Diana had been killed.[4]

His journalism experience has also included writing a weekly column for the Sunday Herald Sun for two years called "Tee for Two" and publishing a book - the biography of Australian golfing legend Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of the prestigious British Open.[5]

Award[edit]

In 2010 Peter was inducted into the City of Frankston Hall of Fame as a tribute to his strong link to the City and the significant impact of his work.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Mitchell grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, attending The Peninsula School, in Mount Eliza.[4] His father, Geoff Mitchell, was a councillor on the Frankston city council in the 1960s and 1970s, served a term as the Mayor of Frankston (1970/1971) and also played football for Frankston in the VFA.[4]

Mitchell is a passionate Collingwood Football Club (AFL) fan and began going to watch them play, with his father when he was 4 years old.[7]

He is married to wife Philippa and they have five children together, and two grandchildren.[4]

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Media offices
Preceded by
Mark Gillies
Seven News Melbourne
Weekend Presenter

1987 – 2000
Succeeded by
Jennifer Adams
Preceded by
David Johnston and Anne Fulwood
Seven News Melbourne
Weeknight Presenter

2000 – present
Succeeded by
incumbent