Broadcaster Phillip Leishman seriously ill
Veteran broadcaster Phillip Leishman is seriously ill after the return of cancer.
Leishman, once host of Wheel of Fortune, but most recently seen appearing on popular television production the HSBC Golf Club, was operated on for a brain tumour in March 2012.
He is being cared for at his Auckland home.
Leishman has been a regular on New Zealand screens since making his first television appearance on Dunedin regional station DNTV2.
From there he moved to the nightly network bulletin as a sports news presenter, covering Olympic and Commonwealth Games between 1976 and 1998.
He worked on Turf Talk with Glynn Tucker in the mid to late 1970s, and hosted 1250 episodes of quiz show Wheel of Fortune alongside Lana Coc-Kroft in the early and mid 1990s.
In 1997 he joined up with journalist Phil Smith to form company Uplink, now Sportinc, to produce the golf programme which he has described as probably his most satisfying role.
In 2011 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to broadcasting and the community.