Jeff Newman (TV personality)

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Jeff Newman
Birth name Jeffrey William Newman
Born (1944-02-04) 4 February 1944 (age 73)
Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Country Australia
Previous show(s) Telethon (main anchor) 1968-2009 (Seven Perth)
Seven News (Seven Perth)
It's Academic (Seven Perth)
The Jeff Newman Show (Nine Perth)
Spouse(s) Pat

Jeffrey William "Jeff" Newman OAM (born 4 February 1944)[1] is an Australian former television presenter. He was the Seven Network's weather presenter in Perth from 1991 to 2009.

Media career[edit]

Newman began his media career with 6GE in Geraldton, Western Australia in early 1963, filling a vacancy left by the departure of Tony Barber.[2]

When STW-9 began broadcasting in 1965, Newman became host of The Jeff Newman Show.[2]

After a disagreement with management, he crossed over to the rival TVW-7 in 1967 and worked in various positions within the industry, before joining Seven News in 1982 as a newsreader. He was the weather presenter on Seven News from 1991 to 2009.[2][3]

Newman was perhaps best known for his role as Western Australian presenter of "It's Academic", a popular school quiz program that ran for ten years from 1969 to 1979 and later revived from 2001 and 2005 and also the annual Perth Telethon which he was main anchor between 1968- 2009.[2]

His brother is Peter Newman, another well-known Perth media personality.[2]


Newman announced his retirement on 1 July 2009 and was replaced by Natalia Cooper.[2][4]

He did his last weather broadcast on 10 August 2009.[4]

In 2013 he revealed to The West Australian that he was battling prostate cancer and has since recovered .[5]


Newman won five Logie Awards for the state's most popular male television personality. In 1994 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to charity and fundraising.[6][7][8][9][10][11]


  1. ^ "Family Notices - Births". The West Australian. 5 February 1944. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "With timing right, TV veteran to quit glare of cameras". The West Australian. 2 July 2009. p. 11. 
  3. ^ "Jeff Newman". Channel Seven Perth. Archived from the original on 24 February 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Seven's sunny new face of weather". The West Australian. 11 August 2009. p. 1. 
  5. ^ O'Leary, Cathy (15 June 2013). "Weatherman Newman's health battle". The West Australian. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "14th TV Week Logie Awards, 1972". TV Week Logie Awards. ninemsn. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "15th TV Week Logie Awards, 1973". TV Week Logie Awards. ninemsn. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "16th TV Week Logie Awards, 1974". TV Week Logie Awards. ninemsn. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "17th TV Week Logie Awards, 1975". TV Week Logie Awards. ninemsn. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "18th TV Week Logie Awards, 1976". TV Week Logie Awards. ninemsn. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) entry for NEWMAN, Jeffrey William, Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 26 January 1994, Retrieved 29 November 2013, "OAM/for service to charities and fundraising, particularly through the TVW 7 Telethon. Aust Day Award 1994"  Jeff Newmans last weather broadcast