Friday, September 21, 2007
Kevin Crease (8 May 1936 - 10 April 2007) was a South Australian television presenter and newsreader. He was most noted for presenting South Australian edition of the Nine Network's National Nine News with Rob Kelvin between 1987 and 2007.
Born in North Adelaide and raised in the working class seaside suburb of Semaphore, Crease was the eldest of four children. He was a prodigious public speaker from a young age and won the Year 7 senior school debating championship.
He started his working life as a clerical worker in 1952 with Shell before becoming a copy boy and later cadet at Adelaide's The News newspaper, where he quickly 'fell foul of the chief-of-staff' and was sacked. Crease then completed his national service, but was kicked out of the army following an incident where he used an armoured car to attend a party with his girlfriend.
Crease started his radio career at radio station 5DN in 1957 after being noticed as a spruiker selling plastic raincoats in Adelaide's city streets. On 17 July 1959, Channel 9 began its first broadcast in Adelaide. Crease was chosen to compere the station's first program - Clarkson's TV Hostess Quest. During the 1960s, he worked on a variety of different projects, from reading commercials and news, to performing on Adelaide Tonight as compere from 1962 until 1975. In 1969, he accidentally became the first on-air personality to say "fuck" on Australian television when he said "fucking hell" after a late-night mishap. In the early 1970s, he hosted the news program News Beat.
From 1975 to 1977, Crease was then Premier Don Dunstan's press secretary before returning to television. He went on to present news for ADS-7 (confusingly part of the Ten Network; this change was reflected in the renaming of the station in 1987) from 1977 to 1987. Crease returned to Channel 9 in April 1987 as presenter for National Nine News with Rob Kelvin.
On February 9, 2007, co-presenter Rob Kelvin announced that Crease was going through a serious health issue and was taking extended leave from presenting. It was revealed on March 17, 2007 on National Nine News that he was suffering from a 'serious form of cancer'. The Sunday Mail reported the following day that Crease would be retiring from television broadcasting.
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