Former host of A Current Affair Michael Schildberger has died following a long battle with prostate cancer. He was aged 72.
Schildberger passed away earlier this morning in Cabrini Hospital, Prahran, where he has been for the past few months.
The TV host, journalist and broadcaster presented A Current Affair during the 1970s and won a Logie for best TV interviewer during this time.
He first joined GTV-9 in 1958 and stayed with the Nine Network for two decades.
Schildberger’s former ABC radio colleague, Richard Brown, says he was a talented broadcaster.
“He was a consummate professional,” Brown said.
“I learned a lot from Mike about the profession of journalism. He’s been as you probably know, news director at Nine and had a very high profile as a newsman, and when he came to 3LO he brought a lot of that professionalism with him.”
Schildberger’s son, Nick, praised his father for his attitude during his illness.
“He didn’t let things get him down. He was the most positive and optimistic person I’ve ever known,” he said.
“He refused to give up and outlived and out-performed every doctor’s expectations.”
Source: TV Tonight