Brian Henderson, Australia’s longest-serving news anchor, died at the age of 89 after a battle with cancer.
On Thursday morning, Karl Stefanovic revealed the news on Today, calling Henderson a “much-loved part of the Nine family.” From Robert Moran “I knew him — he was an incredible icon, a gentleman, and a consummate professional who guided and inspired many generations after him. He was adored by us.”
Brian Henderson was born on 15 September 1931 in Dunedin, New Zealand. From 1958 to 1972, Henderson hosted Bandstand. He also held the distinction for being the longest-serving television newscaster, having read the weekend or evening news on Sydney station TCN-9 from January 1957 to late November 2002. In September 2006, Henderson took part in a reunion with Channel Nine to commemorate Australian television’s 50th anniversary.
So sad to learn of the passing of Brian Henderson. I have wonderful memories of working with him. Credible, reliable and reassuring on-air, away from the cameras Brian was humble and engaging with a great sense of humour. Brian Henderson made a huge contribution to our industry. pic.twitter.com/Rs0TQ3E8CV
— Peter Hitchener (@phitchener9) August 5, 2021
When I was growing up. I knew everything I needed to know because Brian told me so.
The way it is, Thursday August 5.
Rest In Peace, Brian Henderson 1931-2021. pic.twitter.com/O15NwYacvP
— Chris Bowen (@Bowenchris) August 5, 2021
Brian Henderson has passed away. A legendary broadcaster and true gentleman. RIP to one of the greats.
— David Campbell OAM (@DavidCampbell73) August 4, 2021