One of Australia’s best known and well-loved news presenters and broadcasters, Brian Henderson, passed away this morning aged 89.
Brian was best known as the host for the Sydney weeknight news for Nine from 1957 until his retirement in 2002.
He also hosted Bandstand from 1958 until 1972.
What is less well is that he had a 20-year career in radio before television which continued into his early career on television. Older listeners will remember him as the 2CH breakfast presenter from 1953 to 1956, on 2UE during the days of the Top 40, and then on 2GB until 1966. Before that, in the late 1940s he was the youngest announcer on radio in New Zealand.
Henderson had survived multiple battles with cancer, but after a diagnosis with kidney cancer last year opted not to receive treatment.
His wife Mardi and daughters Jody and Nicole were by his bedside as he died.
Chairman of Nine, Peter Costello, says, “Brian Henderson was the best of the best, he was iconic. The ultimate professional and the trusted face of television news for generations of Australians.
“Hendo was not just a much-loved newsman he also brought modern pop music to generations of Australian teenagers through his hosting role on Bandstand.
“He was trusted, he had a warmth that he brought into the living rooms of millions of Australians. He will be deeply missed but his giant legacy and contribution will live on in the DNA of Nine.”
Nine’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Darren Wick, says “Hendo was much loved and idolised by everyone of us lucky enough to have worked with him and learn from him.
“He was the biggest star in a 9News team that boasted the biggest names in journalism – Laurie Oakes, Liz Hayes, Georgie Gardner, Ken Sutcliffe, Peter Harvey, Robert Penfold, Peter Overton, Leila McKinnon, Allison Langdon and Karl Stefanovic.
“He was the epitome of credibility, reliability and clarity. He set the standard that we aspire to live up to night every night of the week.”
Brian Crabbe at 2RRR recently featured Brian’s history in radio and the media as a part of his program There Goes That Song Again.