TV Host, Comedian, Actor
Bert Newton is a legend of Australian television. His career goes back to its earliest days. In July 1957, he began to host The Late Show for the Seven Network and in 1959 he switched to the Nine Network and stayed with them for the next 27 years.
He has appeared in many long-running shows, including In Melbourne Tonight and The Don Lane Show. He hosted the daily program The Bert Newton Show for the Seven Network and was long term host of Good Morning Australia Show for Network Ten. He currently hosts Channel Nine’s Family Feud which has included Scouts as contestants.
During his long career he has won 15 Logie Awards, including six Gold Logies, a Gold Sammy, a Gold TV Star Award, two Gold Penguins (for his contribution to television and for his performance in TV variety) and the Footlighter Award. He has also won awards for his work in radio, including three Pater Awards. He received an MBE in 1979 for his work in the field of entertainment.
“I have wonderful memories of my Scouting years in the early fifties. I was a member of the Eagle Patrol at 7th Brunswick. Our leaders were great men, who guided us with care and understanding. At that time there was a radio program on 3XY Melbourne called Scouting Around, compered by the late Tom Jones. One week the broadcast was recorded at our Scout Hall, and as the direct result of this, I began to appear on 3XY and joined their staff after leaving school. This job started me on my show business career, so the 7th Brunswick, and Scouting generally, have a very special place in my heart.”