Peter Harvie has passed away. Harvie began his career as a radio editor with Clemenger in 1966, before becoming general manager of Clemenger Harvie in 1974.
Throughout his career, he also served as Executive Chairman of Austereo Group Ltd in 2001, before leading Austereo’s merger with Southern Cross Broadcasting in 2011.
Peter’s career ended in 2017 when he retired from the SCA Board. It was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2014.
Celebrity tributes are pouring in after the news broke of his death.
Many posted on social media, sharing their condolences, with KIIS FM radio host Kyle Sandilands sharing his grief on Twitter.
“Just learned of the passing of former @SCA Director Peter Harvie. Peter was a true boss in every sense of the word,” he wrote.
“He saved me more than once in my career and above all allowed the creatives to shine. Peter will be missed, but his teachings and advice will live on.
Andy Lee wrote on Instagram: ‘I have just learned of the death of one of the great humans I have ever known. He protected Hamish and me as we progressed through the industry and was a listening ear for all my questions along the way.
“Good mentors are hard to come by and I hope you knew how much I appreciated your bits of wisdom. President Harvie, you will be sorely missed. You have been on my wall for ten years and you will stay there. A big love, President Lee.
Comedian Tony Martin also tweeted: ‘Peter Harvie was ‘Martin/Molloy’s biggest fan, and it was his idea that I come back and do ‘Get This’, so if you like this show you need to raise a drink to this rascal, intelligent and generous man. A real one-off.’
Triple M contributing host Eddie McGuire told Mediaweek he last spoke Peter two weeks ago.
“Many years past retirement age, he was still an executive who could ‘read the game’ of technology and was fully engaged in what was happening or about to happen rather than revelling in the glories past,” he said.
Story courtesy of the New Zealand Times