Prominent television critic Robert Fidgeon has passed away.
A longtime journalist for media including the Herald-Sun and 3AW, Fidgeon has suffered from a long illness with cancer.
He was 65.
Fidgeon knew the industry well, understanding the business side of the media as much as pinpointing production strengths and weaknesses that translated as drama and entertainment. In his weekly column for the Herald-Sun, Fidgeon was not afraid to attack shoddy camerawork, cheap sets or the sound used for sporting events.
His “My Say” column was feared in the industry for the way he put network executives on notice.
But he also loved his entertainment, praising “Love my Way” and “Dancing with the Stars” as recent favourites. He was frequently seen at opening and closing episodes of the variety series, applauding enthusiastically.
Fidgeon would often break news, speaking to stars and executives as a trusted source. His last big story was breaking news that Ray Martin would leave Nine.
The death of Fidgeon follows last year’s passing of the leading TV critic for The Age, Ross Warneke.