Michael Schildberger

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Michael Schildberger
Born Michael Julius Schildberger
(1938-04-04)4 April 1938
Berlin, Germany
Died 2 June 2010(2010-06-02) (aged 72)
Prahran, Victoria, Australia
Cause of death Prostate cancer
Education Melbourne Grammar School
Occupation Journalist, broadcaster
Years active 1955–2010
Known for Host of A Current Affair
Spouse(s) Julia (deceased)
Children Tim, Kate, Nick and Amy
Randi (stepdaughter)
Awards Logie: Best TV interviewer (1976)

Michael Julius Schildberger (4 April 1938 – 2 June 2010) was an Australian journalist, radio and television presenter, and author. He is best known for hosting A Current Affair in the 1970s.


Schildberger began his media career in 1955 when he joined The Sun News-Pictorial as a copy boy and subsequently became a cadet reporter.[1]

In 1958 he moved to GTV 9 where he remained for the next twenty years. During the 1970s he was executive producer and national host of A Current Affair.[1] For that role, he was awarded a 1976 Logie Award for Best TV Interviewer.[2]

After leaving Channel 9, Schildberger worked for several years as Director of News for ATV 10 and FOX-FM. He then moved to Melbourne radio station 3LO where he hosted the morning program,[1] with a short stint at 3DB.[3]

In 1984 he founded the media production company Business Essentials.[4]

Schildberger was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997.[1] He achieved remission, and became a strong advocate of positron emission tomography.[5] The cancer returned in early 2010. Schildberger died at the Cabrini Hospital in Prahran on 2 June 2010.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e Muradian, Vanessa (2 June 2010). "Michael Schildberger, one-time host of A Current Affair, dies aged 72". heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "The 18th Annual TV Week Logie Awards (1976)". tvweek.ninemsn.com.au. 12 March 1975. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Wilmoth, Peter (12 January 1984). "Schildberger races home". The Age. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Espino, Marc (2 June 2010). "Michael Schildberger dies at age 72". ibtimes.com. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Peacock, Matt (9 July 2007). "'Scientific fraud' hampered spread of cancer technique". abc.net.au. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 

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