Vale: Brian Courtis

Melbourne television critic Brian Courtis, a former editor of the Green Guide, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 63.

Courtis most recently wrote for The Sunday Age, but began under the Age banner as far back as 1973.

He was the daily television columnist for The Age from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, editing the Green Guide in the late ’90s and later becoming the TV critic for The Sunday Age until 2007.

He had a love of music, especially jazz, movies and travel.

Columnist Debi Enker notes that Courtis’ enthusiasm for and curiosity about the television industry, its programs and personalities, never diminished, nor did his relish in a well-written script.

Seamus Bradley, who worked with Brian on The Sunday Age and followed him as Green Guide editor, said: “He was extremely generous with his time and his talent.

“He was supportive of his staff and he challenged people and got the best out of them. He was also a genuinely nice guy.”

Sadly, in little more than two years the television industry has also lost journalists Ross Warneke, Robert Fidgeon and Tony Johnston.

Source / Photo: The Age.

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