Former Channel 7 & 9 Boss David Leckie Has Died
Former Channel 7 boss David Leckie has died, aged 70.
Leckie passed away at his family’s property, Mulberry Farm after a long illness.
“With immense sadness we advise the passing of our adored and much- loved husband and father, David Leckie,” the family said in a statement.
“David was the eldest son of Ron and Joyce (deceased) Leckie, brother of Stuart and Ian Leckie, and uncle to nine nieces and nephews and great uncle to four great-nieces and great- nephews.
“David Leckie was a profound force in the Australian television industry, with an executive career spanning 40 years from 1977 to 2017.”
Former boss Kerry Stokes paid tribute to Leckie.
“I had a close association and friendship with David for more than 20 years and finally enticed him to Seven in 2003, when he started the difficult process in turning around the network’s fortunes,” Stokes said.
“David achieved the turnaround quickly and effectively, building a winning team, financial and programming model, which delivered us leadership of the TV industry for many years.”
Leckie is credited for reversing the fortunes of a flagging Channel 7, after being brought in to run the company in 2003.
Before that, Leckie led rival Nine Network from 1990 to 2001.