Once the youngest radio announcer in Melbourne, Bert Newton evolved to become the most enduring media personality in the country. His prolific, multifaceted career across radio, television, stage and screen spanned more than six decades and intersected generational divides. Bob Hope once described him as “the Bob Hope of Australia”.
Newton, who has died aged 83 while undergoing palliative care in Melbourne after several years of poor health, led Australia through the early days of television on a diet of frothy, vaudevillian entertainment.
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