Bert Newton to be farewelled at State Funeral next Friday

Australian TV and radio icon Bert Newton will be farewelled at a State Funeral in Melbourne next Friday.

The Victorian Government has confirmed the service will take place at St Patricks Cathedral at 10am.

However, due to COVID-19 requirements, only friends, family and colleagues will be able to attend, with the service capped at 500 guests.


Australians will still be able to celebrate the life of the beloved entertainment icon, with the mass to be shown on screens at Melbourne’s Federation Square.

It will also be live-streamed on the Victorian Government’s website.

“A fixture of Australian television, Bert brought his wit and energy into our homes over many decades,” the Victorian government said in a statement.

“He was an entertainer in every sense of the word and this send-off will honour his legacy.

“Family, friends and colleagues will be able to attend the State Funeral Service to celebrate Bert’s life and reflect on his contribution to the entertainment industry, numerous charities and the state of Victoria.”

Newton passed away at the age of 83 last Saturday after a lengthy battle with ill health.