Veteran broadcaster Bruce Mansfield, best known as a former TEN News presenter and current 3AW presenter, has died aged 71.
He died following a battle with prostate cancer, diagnosed last September.
Mansfield, who had some 55 years in radio and television, was until recently on air with 3AW as one half of the top-rating evening Nightline programme, with Phillip Brady.
He began in radio in 1960 at 3UZ at the age of 16, moving to GTV9 in 1968 on In Melbourne Tonight.
In 1974 he joined TEN as a newsreader alongside Annette Allison. Mansfield soon became the voice of ATV-0 Melbourne, before hosting Personality Squares, and was the announcer on Perfect Match and later Good Morning Australia and Rove Live.
He returned to radio as the quick-witted ‘Uncle Roy’ alongside John Blackman on 3AW, before eventually becoming one half of Bruce and Phil on AW from 1990. Mansfield always had a love of nostalgia, entertainment and local production, showcased in a weekly Remember When segment.
“It’s come as a bit of a shock,” Phillip Brady said today.
“I guess since September when he was diagnosed, we’ve been prepared for the worst.
“Although he struggled with the illness he came on air for quite some time while he was unwell.”
It is with great sadness we report that Bruce Mansfield passed away earlier this morning. He was comfortable,… https://t.co/EugqNh6O2O
— Bruce and Phil 3AW (@3AWNightline) April 17, 2016
Deepest sympathy to family of Bruce Mansfield. We shared so much for so long. Such a sad loss.
— Mal Walden (@MalWalden10) April 17, 2016
So sad at the passing of the wonderful Bruce Mansfield. Booce & Phil's Nightline was unmissable radio. Deepest sympathy to Jill and family
— Peter Hitchener (@phitchener9) April 17, 2016
We were saddened to learn of the passing of broadcasting icon Bruce Mansfield. Our thoughts are with his family, friends & colleagues.
— Working Dog (@workingdogprod) April 17, 2016
Farewell Bruce Mansfield . He made me welcome and offered advice from day one . A gentleman .
— Neil Mitchell (@3AWNeilMitchell) April 17, 2016
— Stephen Quartermain (@Quartermain10) April 17, 2016
Sad news. Colleague and friend Bruce Mansfield died today. Jill, all from 3AW and Ch10 will miss the old coot.
— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) April 17, 2016
— Dave Hughes (@DHughesy) April 17, 2016
Farewell to a legend: Bruce Mansfield dies, aged 71 – https://t.co/Db5fwdJ2fm via @
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) April 17, 2016
— Rove McManus (@Rove) April 17, 2016
There will be a special edition of Remember When paying tribute to Bruce Mansfield tonight on 3AW Radio.
UPDATED: Public memorial will be held 2pm Friday April 22 at the Athenaeum Theatre, Collins St.
Source: Herald Sun