20 January 1956 |
Market Harborough, Leicestershire
|Known for||Host of Behind the News; the 7pm ABC News New South Wales bulletin; Letters and Numbers|
Morecroft was born in Market Harborough in the English Midlands. His father Peter and mother Phyll moved the family to Adelaide in 1966 for the benefit of his brother Andrew's respiratory problems and set up a dentist's practice there.
He studied English and Drama at the University of Adelaide with thoughts of becoming an actor or teacher. He became involved in the university radio station and auditioned for the ABC before completing his degree. He was hired as a radio announcer and later transferred to work in television, hosting the 7pm Adelaide bulletin for a couple of years before being approached to replace James Dibble who had presented the bulletin since it began in 1956. He moved to Sydney in 1982 and took over the 7pm Sydney bulletin in July 1983, as well as presenting Behind the News and co-hosting The Nation with Geraldine Doogue, with Max Walsh and Richard Carlton reporting. Also during his time with the ABC, Morecroft participated in the production of Raising Archie with the ABC's Natural History Unit about a flying fox which he raised and used to keep under the news desk while at work. Morecroft presented the bulletin until 2001 and also hosted election-night coverage and educational programs.
He left the ABC in 2001, was replaced by Tony Eastley, and moved to a property near Jervis Bay with his partner Alison Mackay to a tree change and other professional opportunities.
In 2010, it was announced that he would host Letters and Numbers, an Australian version of the French game show Des chiffres et des lettres on which the British game show Countdown is based, on SBS. The first program aired on 2 August 2010. Morecroft was joined by crossword writer David Astle and mathematician Lily Serna.
|ABC News NSW presenter
- Hosts: Richard Morecroft, David Astle and Lily Serna (20-01-2011). Letters and Numbers. [1. Episode 124]. 00:00:40 - 00:00:55 minutes in. SBS. "Before I answer that question, I just want to say, 'Happy Birthday!'."
- "Corporate Biography". richardmorecroft.com. Richard Morecroft. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- Paul Connolly (29/08/2010). "Richard Morecroft". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
- Hosts: Richard Morecroft, David Astle and Lily Serna (03-03-2011). Letters and Numbers. [2. Episode 154]. 00:24:00 - 00:24:30 minutes in. SBS. "This was when I was a child growing up in England."
- "1956". Key Stories. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "Richard Morecroft". Radio National Breakfast. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 January 2002. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "About". Richard Morecroft Goes Wild. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2003. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "Tony Eastley". AM. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- Belinda Tromp (09/07/2007). "Coast and Country - Richard Morecroft". Bush Telegraph. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "Meet the Hosts: Richard Morecroft". Letters and Numbers website. Special Broadcasting Service. 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
- Sacha Molitorisz (2 August 2010). "Boot camp for the brain". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
- "Archive". Richard Morecroft Goes Wild. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2003. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- David Knox (13 June 2010). "Richard Morecroft to host Letters and Numbers". hadnews.com. hadnews.com. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "Letters and Numbers". sbs.com.au. Special Broadcasting Service. 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "20 years from the waist up : tales of a TV news anchor / Richard Morecroft". Catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 29 July 2010.