R.I.P. Countdown Co-Creator Robbie Weekes - Noise11.com

R.I.P. Countdown Co-Creator Robbie Weekes

by Paul Cashmere on May 11, 2018

in News,Noise Pro

Countdown co-creator Robbie Weekes has passed away, his son Stephen has confirmed with Noise11.com.

Robbie created Countdown with producer Michael Shrimpton in 1974. The pair took the creative decision to hire music writer and record producer Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum to host the show and Australian television history was created.

In the recent miniseries Molly actor T.J,. Power played the part of Molly and acted out the exact moment the Countdown ‘Big Bang’ happened.

Countdown first aired on 8 November 1974 just four months before the start of colour television in Australia. Countdown was the first TV show in the world to use the music video as its core content. That meant Australians were funnelled into a similar music experience absorbing new music via the show. It meant Countdown controlled the music chart.

Countdown was powerful. Madonna, John Mellencamp, ABBA, Blondie, Boz Scaggs and Cyndi Lauper all achieved their first international success in Australia because of the show. Weekes, Shrimpton and Meldrum had created a hit machine.

Michael Shrimpton died in 2016.

While Weekes directed Countdown from 1974 to 187 he was also involved in the television coverage of the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and 1986. He was also devoted to developed children’s programs focused on healthy eating and exercise.

Robbie Weekes was awarded the Order of Australia in 2016. Weekes received the royal acknowledgement for his work in broadcast and television.

For news as it happens follow Noise11 on Facebook


Listen to the Noise11 Music News channel now at iHeartRadio

Related Posts

Kate Cebrano at Hamer Hall photo by Ian Laidlaw (supplied MSO)
Kate Ceberano and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Perform Together

To witness one of Australia’s greatest voices Kate Ceberano perform with one of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, was indeed a special occasion.

13 hours ago
Dave Gleeson of The Angels Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Dave Gleeson Stands Down From The Angels, Nick Norton Steps Up

After 12 years fronting both The Angels and The Screaming Jets, Dave Gleeson is stepping away from The Angels.

14 hours ago
Tex Perkins, Beasts Of Boubon. Photo By Ros O'Gorman
Beasts of Bourbon To Perform Two Shows In August

Tex Perkins, Kim Salmon, Charlie Owen, Boris Sujdovic and James Baker will be Beasts of Bourbon for two shows in Sydney and Melbourne in August.

15 hours ago
Grinspoon photo by Jess Gleeson (supplied)
Grinspoon To Release ‘Easy’ and ‘New Detention’ On Vinyl For First Time and Then Reform For Easy Detention Tour

Grinspoon’s 1999 ‘Easy’ and 2002 ‘New Detention’ albums have never on vinyl until now. Back then it was all about the CD so CD it was, complete with hidden tracks.

24 hours ago
Joy McKean photo by John Elliott supplied by EMI Records
Australian Country Music Legend Joy McKean Dies Aged 93

Australian country music legend Joy McKean has passed away at age 93.

4 days ago
Tim Finn photo by Ros O'Gorman
Tim Finn To Perform The Lives And Times of Tim Finn For Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

Tim Finn is putting a band together to take his recorded career out on the road for three shows in September.

5 days ago
Scott Owen, The Living End, Soundwave, Melbourne, Photo, Ros O'Gorman
Scott Owen of The Living End To Perform With The Whitlams ‘Early Years’ Tour

Scott Owen of The Living End is on loan to The Whitlams for the ‘Early Years ’93-‘97’ tour starting in September.

6 days ago