Jonathan Coleman, radio and television presenter, has died aged 65
Australian radio and TV personality Jonathan ‘Jono’ Coleman has died after living with prostate cancer for four years.
He was 65 years old.
Coleman has had a long and distinguished media career in both Australia and his native Britain, and was most recently a presenter on Studio 10 on Network 10.
In 2015, he received an OAM for his services to the audiovisual media industry and the community.
In a statement, his wife, Margot, said Coleman recently told him he wished he was remembered “for doing a good deed every day.”
“Jono and I have been soul mates for almost 40 years. We have been fortunate enough to have a rich and wonderful life and I have been fortunate to have a close look at someone with tremendous talent and the special gift to do people laugh, ”Ms. Coleman said.
Coleman first appeared on television screens in 1979 as part of Simon Townsend’s original Wonder World programming, and two years later he began hosting the radio show Off The Record with Ian ‘Dano’ Rogerson.
The show quickly became cult and “Jono and Dano” were recruited by Triple M in 1984 to host the nighttime show, which they took to number 1.
Coleman was a leading radio presenter in England for 16 years and worked for BBC London, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Radio and Heart 106.2.
After returning to Australia, he teamed up with presenter Julia Zemiro to present The Jonathan Coleman Experience on WSFM.
Most recently, Jonathan hosted a weekly show with his longtime triple j friend Jon Vidler on community radio Northside Radio 99.3FM (The Two Jons).
His TV credits include Late Night with Jono and Dano, Hey, Hey It’s Saturday, Have a Go, as well as London correspondent for Channel 7’s Sunrise.
He was active in the community and helped many organizations including Radio for the Print Handicapped, School for the Deaf and Blind, Schizophrenia Research Institute, Carers’ Australia and most recently the Movember Foundation.
Social media was inundated with tributes to the presenter, with many remembering the unwavering support Coleman has given to anyone in the entertainment business.
Coleman had previously been described in the media as “the happiest man on television.”
Journalist and radio and television presenter Peter Fitzsimmons has said Coleman is “the most eternally effervescent man” he has ever met.
“He could have made happy bubbles for Australia, and he actually did.”
Coleman died Friday night in Sydney with Margot and children Oscar and Emily by his side.