Television legend David Leckie dies aged 70

TV legend David Leckie dies aged 70 surrounded by family after battling a long illness – as Morning Show host Kylie Gillies breaks down in tears learning the news live on air

Television legend David Leckie has died surrounded by family at the age of 70. 

The Leckie family released a statement which read: ‘With immense sadness: He passed away after a long illness this morning. 

‘He was the eldest son of Ron and Joyce, brother of Stuart and Ian and uncle to nine nieces and nephews, and great uncle to four great nieces and nephews.’ 

Due to Covid restrictions, the family said Mr Leckie would be farewelled at a small, private funeral. 

Mr Leckie made his name at the Nine Network, where he worked for 23 years.

After originally joining the network as a sales executive, he became Managing Director of the network in 1990 and Chief Executive Officer in 1994.

Later he became the CEO of Seven West Media.   

In 2008, Mr Leckie was placed in an induced coma after battling complications from a finger injury, but subsequently made a full recovery.

Mr Leckie and his wife Skye were prominent figures for decades on Sydney’s social scene, and prominent supporters of numerous charities.