Reg Grundy, the Australian TV mogul has died at the age of 92. Grundy was behind some of the most popular shows on Australian TV. He died at his home in his wife’s arms.
Reg Grundy is regarded as the father of Australian game shows. The Secret behind Grundy’s success was his excellent understanding of what the audience wanted to watch. Grundy created Reg Grundy Production which produced some of the most popular shows like “Neighbours”, “The Price is Right”, “Prisoners”, “Wheel of Fortune” and “The Bruce Forsyth Show”. His soap operas “The Young Doctors”, “Prisoner”, “Glenview High” and “Sons and Daughters” were instant hits with the audiences, reported Mirror.
He then started making game shows in the 1950s. Grundy started with the most famous “Wheel of Fortune”. He produced, as well as, presented the show first on radio and later on TV. In the following decades, he produced many other game shows like “Blankety Blanks”.
Next Reg Grundy tried his hands on British and American TV and made some of the most successful shows which include “Sale of the Century”. He also made versions of “Blind Date”, “Blankety Blank”, “Going for Gold” and “Supermarket Sweep”. However, his enduring legacies are his soap operas. Grundy sold his production company to Pearson PLC in 1995 and Reg Grundy Production became Fremantle Media.
Grundy was the only child of his working class parents Roy Grundy and Lillian Lees. He was born on 4 August 1923 in NSW. The TV mogul was married to actress and author Joy Chambers. Grundy started working in Radio 2SM Sydney, as a sports commentator. He was awarded an OBE in the 1983 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. He was also awarded Champion of the Order of Australia in 2008. Grundy was in the 58th position in BRW Rich list in 2014. At that time, his wealth was estimated as $766 million and in 2015, it was $809 million, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.
Reg Grundy’s popularity was so immense in the 1970s that his name became a rhyming slang, Reg Grundy for grundies also known as undies or underwear. Grundy’s colleagues, friends and fans have paid their homage to the legend through social media sites.
The Museum of Television Website in its post mentioned the two qualities of Grund which set him apart from his contemporaries. It noted, “The first was a capacity to … hire talented workers who would serve him well as managers and producers.”
“The second element of his genius lay in his ability to quickly recognise the value of particular programme formats … increasingly Grundy was to concentrate on searching for new formats, paying particular attention to game shows on American television,” the statement added.
Actor Ryan Cage tweeted, “shall be wearing Aussie themed Reg Grundy’s today in honour of their namesake and Aus TV Giant.”
The Neighbour Team tweeted, “incredibly sad news this morning, with Legendry Reg Grandy passing away.
His health was deteriorating in recent years but the cause of his death was not revealed.