John Burgess (host)

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John Burgess
John Richard Burgess

(1943-06-04) 4 June 1943 (age 78)
Other namesBurgo
Baby John Burgess
OccupationAustralian television presenter & Radio personality
Known forVarious (2UW)
Turning On ... at 5.30 pm (Seven Network)
Breakfast (3AK)
Breakfast (3MP)
Breakfast (6PM)
Wheel of Fortune (Seven Network)
Burgo's Catch Phrase (Nine Network)
Pass the Buck (Nine Network)
Breakfast (2CH)
Breakfast (3MP)

John Richard Burgess (born 4 June 1943) is an Australian television and radio personality and host, often referred to as "Burgo" and from his radio days "Baby John Burgess" or "Baby John", as the youngest presenter at the station.[1] He is best known for his long tenure hosting duties on the Australian version of game show Wheel of Fortune.



Burgess was host of the Australian version of Wheel of Fortune on the Seven Network, and was its longest serving presenter from 1984 to 1996. He later hosted the Australian version of Catchphrase, conceived under its original name, before later being re-titled as Burgo's Catch Phrase, shown on the Nine Network.

Also he hosted teenage show "Turning On" on HSV7 in the 1970s. This show featured many bands including "Zoot" and Gillian Fitzgerald was one of the main dancers and included Judy Moody and Christine Kelson.

He also hosted the Australian game show Pass the Buck, shown in 2002 on the Nine Network.

John Burgess joined the cast of Balls of Steel Australia on The Comedy Channel in 2012.[1]


Burgess has also hosted numerous radio shows throughout the years:

John Burgess Radio Timeline
2UW 1965–1970
3AK 1970–1974
2UW 1974–1976
3MP 1976–1978
6PM 1978–1988
2CH 1997–2004
3MP 2006–2009
6iX 2011–2015

On 25 September 2006 he started as breakfast show announcer for easy listening radio station 3MP in Melbourne.[2]

On 12 December 2011 he took over from Johnny Young at 6IX Perth, departing the station in December 2015. Burgess returned to 6iX in a new timeslot on 22 April 2017.[3]


  1. ^ a b "'Baby' John Burgess signs on for Foxtel's Balls of Steel with The Chaser's Craig Reucassel". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney, New South Wales. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  2. ^ Baby John Forever, The Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2006.
  3. ^ "Burgo is back". 27 March 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.

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