Neighbours creator Reg Grundy dies aged 92

Reg Grundy, the producer behind soap opera Neighbours and many other Australian TV series, has died at 92.

The Australian TV mogul, who also presented his country’s version of Wheel Of Fortune, passed away in Bermuda where had lived with his wife Joy since 1982, the BBC said.

Neighbours brought Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, who played young couple Scott and Charlene Robinson, international fame as pop stars.

Neighbours creator Reg Grundy

Reg Grundy has died at 92 (Geoff Wilkinson/Rex/Shutterstock)


A Sydney native, Reg’s shows were hits around the world and also included The Young Doctors and Prisoner: Cell Block H.

The media mogul – who had one point had a home in Belgravia, London – founded Grundy Productions in 1959.

Grundy Worldwide was sold to the media conglomerate Pearson Plc for £175 million in April 1995, the bulk of which went to Mr Grundy himself .

Neighbours' Scott and Charlene played by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan

Neighbours’ Scott and Charlene were played by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan (FremantleMedia Ltd/REX)


It later became known as FremantleMedia Australia.

The current chief executive of FremantleMedia Australia Ian Hogg called him an 'icon' and said his 'innate understanding of great storytelling and entertainment lives on today' through programmes such as Neighbours.


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