Iconic sports journalist Scot Palmer dies aged 84
Iconic sports journalist Scot Palmer has died aged 84 after a series of health battles in recent years.
The veteran scribe became one of Victoria’s best-known sportswriters of the late 1970s and beyond as he made his Saturday night appearance on Channel 7. Saturday night replay give news of the sports offices of the Sunday press.
His demonstrative on-air personality and ‘Keep Punching’ catchphrase have made his football news updates an essential day for a generation of football fans.
He also wrote Palmer’s Punchlines for the Sunday press who covered the game from every angle and was a legendary figure in News Corp for his abilities and timely stories.
His work combining both newspapers and television paved the way for the generation of sports scribes who moved from newspapers to television and radio, with Palmer pioneering many segments that are still part of the broadcast of the AFL to date.
He had a long working relationship with Seven’s producer Gordon Bennett, with Palmer’s TV appearances sometimes bumpy but always watchable. He also appeared in the movie The club as a journalist alongside ageit’s Ron Carter.
Palmer’s passion was the AFL, but he covered all sports, including several Olympics, and mentored many aspiring sportswriters during his career before ending his long career at the sun herald In 2008.
Tributes have been paid to Palmer by journalists who worked alongside him in the sport, recognizing Palmer as a pioneer of the media’s golden age.