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Bert Newton AM MBE

b. 1938

Bert Newton AM MBE (b. 1938) is one of Australia's longest-serving and best-known television personalities. Having rejected the idea of joining the priesthood, he began work on Melbourne radio in 1952. In the earliest years of television, he hosted a daytime show before making his debut as straight-guy to Graham Kennedy on In Melbourne Tonight, the most popular program on the fledgling medium. When Kennedy left the station, Newton remained the sidekick to US import Don Lane, who gave him his tenacious nickname, 'Moonface'. With the demise of The Don Lane Show Newton hosted Ford Superquiz; New Faces - co-hosted with his wife, Patti - and Tonight with Bert Newton. In 1992 he moved into daytime television with Good Morning Australia, a continuing success for Channel 10 until late 2005. He currently hosts Bert's Family Feud and 20 to 1 on Channel 9. Newton has hosted the Logies nearly 20 times and has won the Gold Logie four times. The Channel 9 documentary Channel Nine Salutes Bert Newton was broadcast in 2004. In Nine's recent retrospective on Australian television, 50 Years 50 Stars, Newton was voted the number one Australian television star of the past 50 years.

Updated 2018