Bert Newton

Bert Newton

Bert NewtonAlbert Watson "Bert"Newton, AM MBE was born in Fitzroy Melbourne, Victoria.

Bert "moonface"Newton was born on the 23rd July 1938 and remains one of Australia's premier television, radio and stage performers loved by all.

Bert Newton was educated at St Joseph's Marist Brothers College, his first job working in radio doing a Saturday morning children's show on 3XY.

Bert Newton began his television career at Melbourne's HSV-7, hosting The Late Show, but soon defected to GTV-9, where he was hired to host a daytime television program. After appearing in a live commercial on In Melbourne Tonight, alongside its host Graham Kennedy, he became a fixture on the show, which was the most popular program on Melbourne television.

Next came the Don Lane Show where Newton continued as Lane's sidekick and "barrel boy". Lane christened him "Moonface", and the nickname stuck.

When The Don Lane Show ended Newton presented a quiz show, Ford Superquiz, produced by the Reg Grundy organisation for the Nine Network. Newton also presented a very successful radio programme on Melbourne radio station 3UZ (now Radio Sport 927).

In 1992 Newton moved into daytime television with Good Morning Australia on Network Ten, a show which revived Newton's celebrity status and which was a continuing success for Ten for 14 years.

In 2006 Bert returned to Channel Nine hosting 20 to 1 and Bert's Family Feud.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of television in Australia, Channel 9 ran a show titled "50 Years, 50 Stars", where they looked back at the Top 50 stars of Australian television. Bert Newton was listed as the #1 Australian TV star of the past 50 years.

Bert Newton not only hosted the Logies for 18 years but won many Logies in his television career. He has won the Gold Logie four times in 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1984 for his roles in The Don Lane Show and New Faces.


Bert Newton parts company with Nine
By David Knox on June 22, 2014 |

Now there's a headline that should never be sighted...

Bert Newton and Nine have parted ways, after his rolling contract expired, News Corp reports.

The reasons aren't so black and white with the story claiming 'his rumoured annual six-­figure retainer no longer sustainable to the financially strapped network' and that 'a Nine spokeswoman maintained the decision to leave Nine had been Newton's..'

Either way, it is a relationship that should have endured at all costs. While his performance career may be one of semi-retirement, he remains the current king of Australian television and deserves an ambassador role.

It's not the first time he has parted with Nine, hosting his own show for Seven in 1989 ahead of a lengthy run at TEN from 1992 - 2005 for Good Morning Australia.

But he was lured back home by Sam Chisholm where he went on to host Family Feud* and 20 to 1, amongst other appearances. More recently he has enjoyed stage success.

TEN could nab Bert back just in time for their 50th anniversary, but Seven probably has more coin to entice him and a more versatile suite of vehicles with which to accommodate Moonface.

* Is it but coincidence that Channel 10 are currently in production of new shows of Family Feud.

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