ABC broadcaster Red Symons is in hospital after a “sudden lack of consciousness” caused him to fall and hit his head, but says he is looking forward to returning to work.
The breakfast host is recovering after the fall on July 5.
ABC Radio Melbourne station manager Warwick Tiernan this morning read an on-air statement prepared by the radio veteran.
“When walking home from the supermarket I experienced a sudden lack of consciousness,” the statement said.
“This resulted in a fall, with my head hitting the pavement.
“I am currently in hospital, thankful to be receiving the best of medical attention and working on a speedy recovery.
“I’m sorry for this unexpected absence but I do look forward to getting back to work as soon as possible.”
Mr Tiernan said there had been some concern the fall could have been caused by a stroke, but that was not the case.
“Sad news, but the good news is that he is improving,” he told listeners.
“We’re staying in close contact with him and his family.”
Symons, 68, was a member of the Melbourne band Skyhooks and is well known for his former role on long-running TV variety show Hey Hey It’s Saturday.
Libbi Gorr has been filling in for Symons on the station’s Breakfast program.