Jonathan Coleman: Australian radio and television personality dies aged 65 | TV & radio
Australian radio and television personality Jonathan Coleman, who had a career spanning decades in Australia and the UK, has died at the age of 65.
Coleman, who is survived by his wife, Margot, and their two children, has died after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.
Coleman’s career began in Australia in 1979 on the reporting crew for the afternoon children’s television show Simon Townsend’s Wonder World.
Two years later, he began hosting the radio show Off The Record with Ian “Dano” Rogerson on Triple J. After winning a cult following, they moved to Triple M in 1984 for the nighttime show, which reached number 1 in the odds. He also hosted a Saturday Morning Live musical television show on Channel Seven.
Coleman, who was born in Hackney, London in 1956, had a career that included 16 years in the UK, where he was a prominent radio presenter on Virgin Radio, London’s Heart 106.2 and the BBC.
He told the BBC that he returned to Australia in 2006 to be closer to his 81-year-old mother, Sylvia, in Sydney.
Coleman’s wife, Margot, said after his death: “Jono and I have been soul mates for almost 40 years. We have been fortunate to have lived a rich and wonderful life and I have been fortunate to observe closely someone with tremendous talent and the special gift of making people laugh.
“I will miss him beyond words and with the support of our wonderful children, Oscar and Emily, and their partners, we will continue to live the way he wanted.”
She said he died with his wife and children by his side.
Coleman received an OAM in 2015 for his audiovisual media and community services, including his work with Radio for the Print Handicapped, The School for the Deaf and Blind, the Schizophrenia Research Institute, Carers’ Australia and most recently the Movember Foundation.
He was most recently a presenter on Channel 10’s Studio 10. He also appeared on Channel Nine’s Hey Hey It’s Saturday and Channel Seven’s Wavelength and Have a Go. He was Channel Seven’s London correspondent for Sunrise.
He released a comedy album, Jonathan Coleman’s Polka Project, narrated the children’s TV show The Koala Brothers, and appeared in the film Young Einstein..
It won three Gold Sony Radio Academy Awards, an NTL UK Broadcaster of the Year Award and a New York Radio Award for Best International Radio Show.
Margot Coleman said: “When I recently asked Jono how he wanted to be remembered, he replied,” For doing a good deed every day “. Such was the generosity and caring nature of the love of my life.
“We will find the time to reunite all of her loved ones to celebrate her life when circumstances permit. “