I’m still in shock over the news that Brian Naylor lost his life in the Kinglake bushfires on the weekend. Like most Melbournians I can remember how Brian would tell us the days’ news every night on channel 9. He did this for twenty years and apparently before that he appeared on channel 7 on the news and on Brian and the Juniors, although this was before I was born. He will also be remembered as a long time host of Carols By Candlelight, that has raised so much money for Vision Australia over the years.
Brian broke some of the biggest news stories in Victoria’s history, including the Walsh Street police killings and the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires. Even though I never met Brian I felt as though I knew him since he was the only newsreader that I had ever watched for the first twenty years of my life. Only a week or so ago I was wondering what he was doing now.