Bruce Mansfield

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Bruce Mansfield
Born (1944-04-24)24 April 1944
Died 17 April 2016(2016-04-17) (aged 71)
Cause of death Prostate cancer
Nationality Australian
Occupation Presenter
Employer 3AW
Known for IMT
Perfect Match
Eyewitness News
Good Morning Australia
Rove Live
Home town Melbourne, Australia
Spouse(s) Jill Mansfield[citation needed]
Children 3

Bruce Mansfield (24 April 1944 – 17 April 2016) was an Australian television/radio personality and narrator.

Early career[edit]

Mansfield began in radio at age 16, when he won a junior announcer's competition at the 3UZ radio station in 1960. The prize was 100 pounds ($200) and a week on-air. He then joined 3KZ in 1962 as a panel operator and late night announcer.[1] In 1964 he joined 3XY presenting the mid-morning program.

In 1968, he moved to television and appeared on Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight on the Nine Network's Melbourne station, GTV-9.[1] He was also known for his portrayal of the Chinese Superman on Channel 9's Cartoon Corner.

Newsreading[edit]

His television career then took a different direction in 1974 when he joined the Ten Network Melbourne ATV-0 as chief newsreader on Eyewitness News. In 1979, Mansfield and his newsreading partner Annette Allison were reassigned to other roles at the station. Mansfield went on to become a voice-over announcer at ATV and also a participant on game shows such as Personality Squares. He was also the announcer for Channel Ten's long-running dating show Perfect Match.

Return to radio[edit]

Breakfast show[edit]

Mansfield co-hosted (with John Blackman) the breakfast program on 3AW as the alter-ego "Uncle Roy". The pair dominated Melbourne breakfast radio for several years before Blackman departed to rival station 3AK in 1986. Mansfield continued in the role at 3AW with Darren James until the station changed from "Personality Radio" to "Thinking Person's Radio" and the pair were dropped.

Both Mansfield and James were picked up by 3AK in 1989. The program lasted until the middle of 1990 when 3AK was taken over by new management. He then became presenter of the drive-time program on community radio station 3INR-FM, broadcasting from the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg.

Remember When and Nightline[edit]

In 1990, Mansfield joined another TV veteran, Philip Brady, to present the Sunday night nostalgia program Remember When on 3AW. Six months later they also took over the Nightline program on a caretaker basis, but went on to stay as the program's full-time presenters; a role they continued until Mansfield's death.

Later in the 1990s, Mansfield made a return to television introducing late night movies and also hosting an infomercial program, Mansfield's Melbourne, on Channel 31 in Melbourne.

In 1999, Mansfield was sacked from 3AW over allegations that he gave on-air interviews in exchange for free goods and services, in a later development in the cash-for-comment investigations conducted by the then Australian Broadcasting Authority.[2] He went on to present an afternoon program, Mansfield's Melbourne, on 3AK in 2000, before returning to his former role as Nightline and Remember When co-host on 3AW in 2001.[3]

Bert Newton and Rove[edit]

Mansfield featured as a contributor on Bert Newton's Good Morning Australia, presenting a segment called "Collectables", a nostalgia-related segment. In 2004, Mansfield did the voice-overs for a segment on Rove Live called "Who's in the Swivel Chair?"

Awards[edit]

In 2003, Mansfield, with on-air partner, Philip Brady, won the Australian Commercial Radio Award for Best Networked Program (Nightline).[4]

Community work[edit]

Mansfield was an Australia Day ambassador in Victoria. On Australia Day, ambassadors go to various Victorian communities to spread the message of national pride, participate in local activities and give a short speech on what being Australian means to them.[5]

In March 2013, Mansfield agreed to become an ambassador for the Northern Health Foundation, with a focus on the foundation's bequest program. Northern Health is one of Victoria's busiest public health services.[6]

Death[edit]

On 17 April 2016, 3AW announced that Mansfield had died that morning from prostate cancer.[7] He was one week away from turning 72.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bruce Mansfield: Profile Archived 19 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. 3aw.com. Retrieved 23 April 2013
  2. ^ ABC Radio, 23 December 1999. Radio station in new cash controversy. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ Radio Daze. The Age. 8 June 2003. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  4. ^ Take a bow Rex, Bruce, Brian and Phil. The Age. 23 October 2003. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  5. ^ Australia Day (Victoria) Ambassador. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  6. ^ Radio personality provides support to the Northern Health Foundation. Northern Health Community Connect Publication. March 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Farewell to a legend: Bruce Mansfield dies, aged 71". 3AW. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 

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