Long-serving executive at Foxtel and media industry leader Brian Walsh has died.
Walsh, who is credited with the Global success of Neighbours, passed away in Sydney on Thursday.
Foxtel issued a statement on Friday announcing his death and expressed its “profound sadness”.
He has been remembered as “an iconic figure throughout Foxtel’s 28-year history”.
Walsh has also been credited with launching the careers of Hollywood superstars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Kylie Minogue.
“It is always very sad and in some ways shocking,” Foxtel Group chief executive Patrick Delany said on 2GB radio on Friday morning.
“He was a very close friend of mine, a mentor and a legend.”
Friends and fans of Walsh have taken to social media to express their sadness at his sudden passing.
Radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O reacted live on air to news of his death. .
“‘Loved Brian. It’s a real shock…. He was very passionate. He was Foxtel,” Jackie O said on Friday.
Kyle added Walsh was “one of the nice television types”.
“That’s a shock to the system. When people you know die, it’s a shock to the system. We were close,” Kyle said.
Brian began his career with ABC before going into feature film production and distribution at Palm Beach Pictures and promotions and publicity at Sydney Radio Station 2SM. After five years at Radio 2SM, Brian joined Network TEN, where he launched major network events, including the acclaimed Kennedy Miller mini-series “Vietnam”, “The Bangkok Hilton”, and “The Dirtwater Dynasty”.
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