Bert's one of those Ubiquitous Australian celebrities
who always seems popular, but it's almost impossible to find anyone who likes him. Maybe that's because his audience are all blue-rinse
brigade, and I don't spend enough time in nursing homes
or around poker machines
Bert's a celebrity because he's on TV
, and that's it.
Since television began in Australia
, Bert Newton
, with his twin talents as a natural comedian
and sophisticated compere
, has been a favourite with the viewing public, visiting celebrities and critics alike. During a visit to Australia in 1983
, Bob Hope
said of Bert, "Personally, he is a fine
man. Professionally, he is one of the best I've ever seen."
Bert's career has been recognised with an incredible collection of awards including 15 Logie
's (six of which were Gold) and an MBE
from the Queen in 1979
. He has earned a reputation as Australia's premier Master of Ceremonies
for special event television and has hosted the Logie Awards a record 18 times.
Bert became compere of the Nine Network
's 'New Faces
' show, which was on air for 22 years. He has also had 20 years working on live variety productions with Graham Kennedy
and Don Lane
. In 1984
he hosted 'Tonight with Bert Newton', which is of special significance - he was the first compere to present a fortnightly variety show on a national basis.
In July 1985
Bert left the Nine Network after a record-breaking
27 years and in 1986
as General Manager and on-air personality. 1989
saw Bert's return to the Seven Network
as host of 'The Bert Newton Show
Bert starred in The Wizard of Oz
and as Cogsworth in Disney's Beauty and the Beast
. In 1991
, during The Wizard of Oz, he was signed by Network Ten
to host 'Good Morning Australia
', which he continues to host today.
(bio taken from http://www.oncueonline.com.au/oncue/profile/celebs/bert_newton/bert_newton.htm, obviously written by someone working for a TV station)