Peter Mitchell (newsreader)


Peter Mitchell (newsreader)

Peter Mitchell (born 14 June, 1960), commonly called "Mitch", is the presenter of the Melbourne bulletin of "Seven News". Peter grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, attending The Peninsula School, in Mt. Eliza.

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

In 1987 Mitchell diverted to Seven Network to become weekend news anchor, he held this position for 13 years until late 2000 when he replaced David Johnston and Anne Fulwood as weeknight anchor.

A little known fact is that Mitchell recorded vocal on a Beatles cover track "Baby You're a Rich Man" from the 1991 album [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_of_Strangers_(album)] Company of Strangers. This album featured Daryl Braithwaite, Simon Hussey, Jef Scott and James Reyne and was released in 1992 on Columbia Records.

In 1997 he was the first news anchor in Australia to break the news, during an AFL match, that Princess Diana had been killed.

Mitchell always uses the sign-off line 'And that's the way it is this 'day' the 'date' of 'month'. Thanks for your company.'

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.

He is married to wife Philippa and they have five children together .


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