Brian Naylor (broadcaster)

Brian Norman Naylor (21 January 1931  7 February 2009)[1] was an Australian television broadcaster and presenter, best known for his longstanding stint as chief news presenter at HSV-7 from 1970 to 1978 and for GTV-9 from 1978 to 1998 and his sign-off line, "May your news be good news, and good-night."

Brian Naylor
Brian Naylor at a 1991 Camberwell High School reunion
Brian Norman Naylor

(1931-01-21)21 January 1931
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died7 February 2009(2009-02-07) (aged 78)
Years active1956–1998
Known forSeven National News
National Nine News
Carols by Candlelight
Spouse(s)Moiree Naylor (?–2009)
ChildrenGreg Naylor (son, 1954/5-), Clinton Naylor (son), Jane Bayliss (nee Naylor, daughter), Trudee Lapthorne (nee Naylor, daughter), Matthew Naylor (son, deceased; 1967–2008),
AwardsVictorian Father of the Year

Early life

Naylor was born on 21 January 1931. He grew up in Melbourne, initially attending Melbourne High School until the onset of World War II, at which point he was relocated to Camberwell High School, along with all of the students at his school. Completing his schooling in Form 5 (Year 11), his first job was as a production cadet at the Australian Paper Manufacturers.[2] Naylor left APM when his manager started Woodweev Blinds, a blinds manufacturer, for which Naylor produced the original radio advertisement.[1][2] It was from there that he was to start his career in the media.

Radio broadcasting

In 1956, when Woodweev Blinds needed someone to provide a voice for their radio commercials, Naylor was "co-opted" into the role – reportedly because his voice made him sound like "a nice family sort of fellow". This led to a two-year stint as the radio presenter of the company's program on radio station 3AK.[1][3] Two years after starting with 3AK, Naylor joined Melbourne radio station 3DB where he worked with Ernie Sigley as a radio announcer and host of a children's talent program, Swallow's Juniors.[1][2]

Television broadcasting and presenting

In 1958 Naylor moved to Melbourne television station HSV-7, transferring Swallow's Juniors to television where it was renamed Brian and the Juniors. Running until 1969, it provided a stepping stone for performers such as Debra Byrne, Rod Kirkham, Jane Scali, Peter Doyle, Patti Newton, Anne Watt, Vikki Broughton and Jamie Redfern. Naylor also hosted the SSB Adventure Club in the early 1960s with Madeleine Burke,[4] and appeared as a regular on the station's daytime variety program Time For Terry in 1965.

He became HSV-7's chief news presenter in 1970 replacing Geoff Raymond. Naylor switched to GTV-9 in 1978. He presented the Melbourne edition of National Nine News until he retired from this position on 27 November 1998. He was replaced by Peter Hitchener.

Further hosting

In his time at Nine, Naylor also hosted Carols by Candlelight from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl ten times. He won the 1988 Victorian Father of the Year Award.[5] A patron of several organisations (the Variety Club in Victoria, the Dialysis and Transplant Association of Victoria and the Jack Brockhoff Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Research Unit of Royal Melbourne Hospital), Naylor also assisted with fundraising for the Macfarlane Burnet Appeal and Windana Society Drug Rehabilitation.


Naylor's son Matthew was killed in a plane crash at Kinglake, Victoria on 29 May 2008, aged 41.[6] Less than a year later, on 7 February 2009, Naylor and his wife Moiree were killed as one of the Black Saturday bushfires destroyed their property in Kinglake West.[7][8][9]

Logies Hall of Fame

Naylor was posthumously inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame at the 2010 Logie Awards.[10]


  1. "Brian Naylor: Channel Nine newsreader". Times Online. London. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  2. Carman, Gerry (10 February 2009). "Class act on and off camera". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  3. Wilmoth, Peter (6 April 2001). "The new life of Brian". The Age. p. 16.
  4. Classic TV Guides, Melbourne, 23 March 1961 TV Times, 23 March 1961, The History of Australian Television, Accessed 8 February 2015
  5. "Father's Day Council of Australia – Past Winners". Father's Day Council of Australia. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  6. "Newsreader's son in fatal plane crash". 30 May 2008. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  7. "Bushfires in Victoria kill 76, death toll will rise". News Limited. Herald Sun. 8 February 2009. Archived from the original on 8 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  8. "Brian Naylor missing, wife dead in bushfires". News Limited. Geelong Advertiser. 8 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  9. "Channel Nine veteran Brian Naylor confirmed dead". 8 February 2009.
  10. "Naylor enters Logies Hall of Fame". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 3 May 2010. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
Media offices
Preceded by
Eric Pearce
National Nine News Melbourne
Weeknight presenter

Succeeded by
Peter Hitchener
Preceded by
Geoff Raymond
Seven National News Melbourne
Weeknight presenter

Succeeded by
Mal Walden
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