Richard Morecroft

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Richard Morecroft
Born (1956-01-20) 20 January 1956 (age 64)
Occupationradio announcer, television newsreader, host
Known forHost of Behind the News; the 7pm ABC News New South Wales bulletin; Letters and Numbers

Richard Morecroft (born 20 January 1956)[1] is an English-born Australian radio announcer, TV newsreader and presenter, and conservationist. He presented the Adelaide News bulletin, before becoming the long-running host of the nightly bulletin of ABC News Sydney from 1983 until 2002.[2] Between 2010 and 2012, he hosted the quiz show Letters and Numbers.

Early life[edit]

Morecroft was born in Market Harborough in the English Midlands.[3][4] His father Peter and mother Phyll moved the family to Adelaide in 1966 for the benefit of his brother Andrew's respiratory problems; Peter set up a dentist's practice there.[3]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Morecroft introducing an ABC news report on Lindy Chamberlain in 1986.

Morecroft studied English and Drama at the University of Adelaide with thoughts of becoming an actor or teacher.[3] He became involved in the university radio station and auditioned for the ABC before completing his degree.[3] 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.[3][5][6][7]

He moved to Sydney in 1982 and took over the 7pm Sydney bulletin in July 1983, as well as presenting Behind the News. In 1985, he and Geraldine Doogue co-hosted "The National", the ABC's short-lived experiment with an hour-long nightly news service, combining news and current affairs, with Max Walsh and Richard Carlton as chief reporters.[3] Also during his time with the ABC, Morecroft participated with the ABC's Natural History Unit in the production of Raising Archie, about a flying fox which he raised and used to keep under the news desk while at work.[3] Morecroft presented the 7pm Sydney news bulletin until 2002, and also hosted election-night broadcasts and educational programs.[2][3][6][7]

He left the ABC in 2002, being replaced by Tony Eastley, and underwent a sea change, moving to a property near Jervis Bay with his partner, artist Alison Mackay. He said he was not retiring, but wanted to work in a different way.[3][6][8][9][10][11]

Morecroft returned to the ABC to host Richard Morecroft Goes Wild in 2002, drawing on his passion for environmental issues.[2][10][12]

In 2010, it was announced that he would host Letters and Numbers on SBS Television, an Australian version of the French game show Des chiffres et des lettres, on which the British game show Countdown is based.[13][14] The first program aired on 2 August 2010.[15] Morecroft was joined by crossword compiler David Astle and mathematician Lily Serna.[15]

Environmental activities[edit]

Morecroft is a governor of the Taronga Foundation and a director of the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales.[2][3] He is a trustee of the World Wide Fund for Nature and is a patron of WIRES.[2]


His book 20 Years from the Waist Up was published in 2002.[2][16]

Media offices
Preceded by
James Dibble
ABC News NSW presenter
Succeeded by
Tony Eastley


  1. ^ Hosts: Richard Morecroft, David Astle and Lily Serna (20 January 2011). "Letters and Numbers: 360256". Letters and Numbers. Season 1. Episode 124. 00:00:40–00:00:55 minutes in. SBS. Before I answer that question, I just want to say, 'Happy Birthday!'.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Corporate Biography". Richard Morecroft. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Paul Connolly (29 August 2010). "Richard Morecroft". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  4. ^ Hosts: Richard Morecroft, David Astle and Lily Serna (3 March 2011). "Letters and Numbers: 381232". Letters and Numbers. Season 2. Episode 154. 00:24:00–00:24:30 minutes in. SBS. This was when I was a child growing up in England.
  5. ^ "1956". Key Stories. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  6. ^ a b c "Richard Morecroft". Radio National Breakfast. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 January 2002. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  7. ^ a b "About". Richard Morecroft Goes Wild. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2003. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Tony Eastley". AM. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  9. ^ Belinda Tromp (9 July 2007). "Coast and Country - Richard Morecroft". Bush Telegraph. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Meet the Hosts: Richard Morecroft". Letters and Numbers website. Special Broadcasting Service. 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  11. ^ Sacha Molitorisz (2 August 2010). "Boot camp for the brain". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  12. ^ "Archive". Richard Morecroft Goes Wild. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2003. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  13. ^ David Knox (13 June 2010). "Richard Morecroft to host Letters and Numbers". Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  14. ^ "Letters and Numbers". Special Broadcasting Service. 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  15. ^ a b "About The Show". Letters and Numbers website. Special Broadcasting Service. 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  16. ^ "20 years from the waist up : tales of a TV news anchor / Richard Morecroft". Catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 29 July 2010.