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Vale: ABC’s Bernie Keenan

ABC’s Chief of Staff to the Sydney newsroom Bernie Keenan, 66, died suddenly last night while jogging.

Keenan’s television career began as a cameraman for commercial TV on international assignments around the world, Bernie was Chief of Staff for the Seven Network before moving to the Sydney’s ABC office, where he’d been for most of the past decade.

In a statement, Director of ABC News Kate Torney said “Bernie drove our news gathering operations in New South Wales and was a central figure across the network. He was a warm and generous colleague and we will miss him greatly.”

Don Lange, the ABC’s Head of News Programming said “Bernie was a stalwart of the newsroom and will be sadly missed in Sydney and around the Network.”

Outside of work, Keenan volunteered at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Randwick and kept fit through running and ocean kayaking.

Keenan’s passing is the fifth to pass in a fortnight after ABC veteran reporter Paul Lockyer, cameraman John Bean and helicopter pilot Gary Ticehurst died two weeks ago at Lake Eyre, South Australia. Ian Carroll, creator of Lateline co-creator of The 7.30 Report as well as two digital channels for the ABC passed away peacefully from pancreatic cancer on Friday 19 August.

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