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TV icon Bert Newton passes away aged 83

Bert Newton

Australian TV legend, Bert Newton, has passed away aged 83. 

He began his career on radio station 3XY in Melbourne, and leaves a legacy as one of the greatest entertainers in Australia’s history.

Newton passed away on Saturday night after a long health battle.

The veteran performer died while undergoing palliative care in Melbourne, being admitted to hospital in March and eventually having his leg amputated.

Entertainment Reporter Peter Ford spoke to Luke Grant, and shared his memories of the television, radio, theatre, and entertainment star.

He says Newton changed the landscape of Australian entertainment.

“I think there’s a great sense of loss for the whole country, he was somebody who most of us grew up with,” he said.

Born Fitzroy, Melbourne on July 23, 1938, Albert Watson Newton AM MBE is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patti Newton, two children, and six grandchildren.

Peter Ford says he is often most remembered for his work in television, but he had a remarkable career across many parts of the media.

“I know a lot of people over the next few days will focus very much on the TV career.

“But you cannot forget the extraordinary success he had in the world of theatre,” he said.

Peter Ford told Luke that it’s difficult not to consider Bert as Australia’s greatest entertainer of all time.

“Whether it’s Graham, or whether it’s Don. Maybe I’m biased, but I would put Bert at the top.

“I think his career extends beyond partnerships, it extends beyond television. It was more enduring than other careers,” he said.

Newton is remembered for his time on The Late Show on Channel 7, before moving to Channel 9 and forming a strong friendship with Graham Kennedy.

He presented commercials for In Melbourne Tonight, where an infamous read for Raoul Merton Shoes became a sensation.

Newton hosted the Logie Awards for many years, beginning in 1967.

Peter Ford has shared his memories of working alongside Bert Newton.

Click play below to listen to the full interview. 

Musician and long-time friend Jade Hurley has told Luke Grant, he was a man with unmatched talent.

Luke Grant