- The Washington Times - Monday, May 8, 2006

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Richard Carleton, an award-winning journalist whose career in Australian television spanned 40 years, died May 7, minutes after asking a question at a press conference. He was 62.

Mr. Carleton, a reporter for the Nine Network’s flagship program “60 Minutes,” suffered a suspected heart attack moments after interrogating the manager of a gold mine about its safety record.

Two Australian miners were trapped underground at the Beaconsfield Gold Mine for 13 days, and Mr. Carleton was one of a phalanx of reporters in town covering the rescue operation.

He was an enduring face on Australian television since joining the Australian Broadcasting Corp. as a 22-year-old political correspondent in Canberra. In 1997, he moved to London and worked for two years with the British Broadcasting Corp. before joining Nine Network’s “60 Minutes.”

During his career, he covered the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the rise of “Thatcherism” in Britain, the end of apartheid in South Africa and the wars in the Persian Gulf.

“Nothing was ever done by half measures,” said John Westacott, executive producer of “60 Minutes.” “There are few people in this business who you can say are irreplaceable. Richard is one of them.”

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