A young Brian Naylor was promoting wood-weave blinds when a twist of fate saw him begin his career as a radio announcer with a local radio station in Melbourne. Brian believed that luck plays an enormous part in his life.
Considered the doyen of Melbourne newsreaders, Naylor’s catch phrase ‘May your news be good news’ was part of National Nine News viewers’ lives, week nights for 20 years. His outstanding broadcasting career spanned 42 years, beginning in 1956 at radio station 3DB as an announcer and host of a children’s talent program, Swallows Juniors. In 1958, he moved to HSV Channel 7, transferring Swallows Juniors to television, which became Brian and the Juniors. The program, which was nationally telecast on more than 20 stations, lasted 12 years. In 1970, Naylor became HSV 7’s chief newsreader and in a move that made headlines, switched to GTV Channel 9 in 1978 at the instigation of Nine’s news director, John Sorell.
On 10 occasions, Brian hosted the annual Carols By Candlelight spectacular from the Myer Music Bowl and in 1988, the father of five was voted Father of the Year by the Victorian Father’s Day Council.
Brian loved the great outdoors and took viewers into his world with his series of documentaries, Brian Naylor’s Australia, produced and filmed by his son, Greg. Brian and his wife, Moiree, sailed their 50 foot catamaran around much of Australia’s coastline and across Bass Strait. The tyranny of distance forced the Naylors to take to the air to explore the more remote regions of the country. Brian learnt to fly 39 years ago and Moiree also gained her pilot’s licence. When they weren’t producing documentaries, flying around the countryside or sailing the oceans, Brian and Moiree were hands-on at the family beef cattle properties.
Brian was patron of the Variety Club in Victoria, the Dialysis and Transplant Association of Victoria, the Jack Brockhoff Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Research Unit of Royal Melbourne Hospital, and assisted with fundraising for the MacFarlane Burnet Appeal and Windana Society Drug Rehabilitation. Brian retired from his role as chief newsreader of National Nine News on November 27, 1998.
CHESS was saddened by the deaths of Brian and Moiree Naylor, who both perished in the devastating February 2009 (Black Saturday) Victorian bushfires. Brian was an extremely popular former student of Camberwell High School and he was highly supportive of the school, addressing students on occasions and he supported CHESS in our endeavours.