ICONIC NEWSREADER BRIAN HENDERSON TO RECEIVE TV WEEK LOGIES HALL OF FAME HONOUR
Respected former newsman BRIAN HENDERSON will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame at the TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS on April 7.
The 81-year- old Australian news and television veteran will receive the auspicious honour this year at the 55th anniversary of the awards.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Brian’s career began in radio. He hosted the music show Bandstand from 1958 to 1972, and began reading the nightly news in 1964.
He spent his life and career dedicated to delivering the news – reading the nightly bulletin for the Nine Network and playing an integral role in making it the most watched news broadcast for many years.
Brian’s voice and trusted face was a daily fixture in the lives of Australians for decades, and his presence at the helm of the news was so unchanging that for years the slogan “Brian told me” was part of the Australian vernacular. In 2009 Brian was named as a Member of the Order of Australia. After a career spanning almost 50 years ‘Hendo’ announced his retirement on National Nine News in 2002.
TV Week initiated the Hall Of Fame Logie award in 1984 – an industry-voted category awarded to recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals to the Australian television industry.
Brian joins other revered news personalities including Mike Willessee, Brian Naylor and Laurie Oakes in the Logies Hall of Fame. Other iconic Aussies also inducted into the Hall of Fame over the years include Paul Hogan, Bert Newton, Johnny Young, Reg Grundy, Graham Kennedy and Steve Irwin. Three television programs have also joined the list – Play School, Four Corners and Neighbours.
Brian is humble about being the 30th Hall of Fame inductee, admitting he and his wife Mardi haven’t attended the event since 1968 – the year he won a Gold Logie for Bandstand.
“We don’t go to premieres and stuff like that, so I stayed away. Watched it on TV, of course. ”I remember being equally surprised about winning the Gold Logie as am about this. My question was, ‘Have you run out of people to give it to?’”
In addition to announcing the 2013 TV WEEK Hall Of Fame Award winner, TV WEEK is proud to announce that the after-party is returning, in partnership with FOXTEL. All guests attending the 2013 TV WEEK Logie Awards will be invited to celebrate winners and nominees, with entertainment provided by FOXTEL DJ’s Didier Cohen (DJ and judge on Australia’s Next Top Model) and Danny Clayton (DJ and Channel V presenter).”
For more details, plus all the information you need about the Australian television industry’s biggest night, check out TV WEEK magazine and visit TV WEEK’s brand new website – www.tvweeklogieawards.com.au .
The star-studded awards are set to take place on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Palladium at Crown, Crown Towers, Melbourne, and broadcast on the Nine Network.