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TV Icon & Gold Logie-Winning Media Personality Bert Newton Passes Away Aged 83

TV icon Bert Newton, one of the most popular media personalities and mainstays of Australian television who has graced our screens for more than 50 years, has sadly died aged 83.

He was a Logie Hall of Fame inductee, a quadruple Gold Logie award-winning entertainer, and radio, theatre, and television personality/presenter. In fact, Newton hosted the Logie Awards ceremony on seventeen occasions.

Newton is best known for his long-term association with Channel Nine even though he has held various roles at all four major networks. He was known for his association with both the Nine Network and Ten Network, in several shows including In Melbourne Tonight, New Faces, Good Morning Australia, 20 to 1, and Bert’s Family Feud.

He started his career in radio broadcasting, primarily as an announcer before becoming a star and fixture of Australian television since 1956, and was considered both an industry pioneer, icon, and one of the longest-serving television media personalities in the world.

According to Wikipedia, Newton began his TV career in 1957 at Melbourne’s HSV-7, hosting The Late Show. He eventually left HSV-7 and went to GTV-9 in early 1959 to host a daytime television program In Melbourne Today. From 1959–1960 he hosted The Bert Newton Show on GTV-9, a series aimed at teenagers.

Newton mainly appeared on the Nine Network from 1975 to mid-1992 and he appeared on a number of shows such as The Don Lane Show, New Faces, Ford Superquiz, Tonight With Bert Newton, and The Bert Newton Show.

From mid-1992 until 2005, Newton appeared on Channel Ten as the host of Good Morning Australia. In October 2005, Network Ten announced that the program would be axed at the end of the year after a 14-year run so he decided to return to the Nine Network in 2006.

Newton returned to the Nine Network in early 2006 and from 2006–2012 he appeared on Bert’s Family Feud, 20 to 1, What a Year, Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune, and Millionaire Hot Seat.

Newton also had numerous theatre roles and some of his stage appearances included Professor Marvel/the Wizard of Oz in The Wizard of Oz, Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Franz Liebkind in The Producers, and Max in The Sound of Music.

According to ABC News, Newton underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2012 and had his leg amputated in May 2021 in a “life or death” surgery following a toe infection.

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