Vale Bert Newton

The TV personality passed away on Saturday aged 83, after a long and storied career.
Smiling man in pink shirt and dark jacket

With the death of Bert ‘Moonface’ Newton, something bigger than a star has fallen from the sky of the Australian screen industry.

Newton’s early career seemed to orbit around Graham Kennedy and Don Lane but he eclipsed them both, displaying a remarkable longevity and tenacity. His career spanned radio, stage and film but he is best known as the face of Australian TV.

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George Dunford was Director of Content at ArtsHub, Screenhub and GamesHub (2019-2022). He has also written for Meanjin, The Big Issue, Lonely Planet, The Good Food Guide and others. He has worked in digital leadership roles in the cultural sector for more than 10 years including at the National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the Wheeler Centre. He is currently employed by Museums Victoria and is a mentor in the CEO Digital Mentorship program working with Back to Back and Desart. You can follow him on Twitter: @Hack_packer