Speakers Profile - Peter Mitchell

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Peter Mitchell's face is very familiar to those tuning into Seven Nightly News in Melbourne. He's been an integral part of television news for almost 25 years as a reporter, producer and presenter.

Growing up in Victoria with two brothers, sports were always on the menu – particularly football and cricket. These skills came in handy in 1981, when Peter joined Channel Nine in the Sport News Department. By then, he'd also taken up golf, mainly because it suited his new working hours.

The highlight of his stint at the Nine Network was covering the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games. Peter was also there to present the news of Australia winning the America's Cup in September 1983.

In February 1981, Peter jumped ship to become Seven Melbourne's weekend news presenter, where he stayed for almost thirteen years. His most memorable moment was the news flash that interrupted the AFL coverage on August 31, 1997, announcing the death of Princess Diana.

Peter's golfing prowess has allowed to him to expand his writing career. He has a newspaper column in the Herald Sun - Tee For Two and has also written the biography of golfer Peter Thompson, a five-time winner of the British Open.

Outside the newsroom, in between having children (he has five) with his wife Philippa, Peter enjoys sitting back with a glass of red on his semi rural spread on the Mornington Peninsula.

Peter has been the weeknight anchor for Melbourne's Seven Nightly News since 2001 and is under contract to that position until 2009. Seven News is number one in Melbourne with a YTD lead of 2.66%.

This year, Peter has taken on an extra role as the entertainment reporter for Melbourne Weekender - a lifestyle programme showcasing leisure activities in and around the city. When the opportunity for the new show came up, Peter jumped at the chance to try something different and is relishing his new responsibilities.