Bert Newton and Nine have parted ways, after his rolling contract expired, News Corp reports.
The reasons aren’t so black and white with the story claiming “his rumoured annual six-figure retainer no longer sustainable to the financially strapped network” and that “a Nine spokeswoman maintained the decision to leave Nine had been Newton’s…”
Either way, it is a relationship that should have endured at all costs. While his performance career may be one of semi-retirement, he remains the current king of Australian television and deserves an ambassador role.
It’s not the first time he has parted with Nine, hosting his own show for Seven in 1989 ahead of a lengthy run at TEN from 1992 – 2005 for Good Morning Australia.
But he was lured back home by Sam Chisholm where he went on to host Family Feud and 20 to 1, amongst other appearances. More recently he has enjoyed stage success.
TEN could nab Bert back just in time for their 50th anniversary, but Seven probably has more coin to entice him and a more versatile suite of vehicles with which to accommodate Moonface.