A current deal last night he said goodbye to veteran journalist Brady Halls, after 35 years with Nine.
Halls, 63, has covered a range of stories from bushfire victims, shady traders, NDIS, aged care, immigration, insurance, childcare, local councils, scams, neighborhoods and celebrities.
Worked with presenters Tracy Grimshaw, Ray Martin, Mike Munro, Allison Langdon, a journalism survivor.
He joined Nine in the late 1980s as a young sportscaster and covered the Albertville French Winter Olympic Games on the Wide world of sports in 1992.
He got his first taste of reporting for A current deal when Jana Wendt was the host, before trying her hand as a reporter on the short-lived and controversial series Sex.
On A Current Affair his “Brady Bunch” segments aired every Friday night, interviewing some of the nation’s most bizarre characters, including a man who believed he was abducted by UFOs and a woman who lived off the grid in a teepee .
“Brady is sort of the Robin Williams of current affairs reporters,” said Tracy Grimshaw, describing him as “both wildly brilliant” and “deeply sensitive”, while always being “funny and wacky as hell”.
But he said he also brings “all of his experience and wisdom to an investigation that has offended his deepest sense of social justice.”
“He really cares about the people he meets through his work and will often stay in touch with them long after their story has aired,” revealed sound recordist Warrick McPherson.
“He really cares about people who have been wronged and he and I love nothing better than making things right,” added cameraman Drew Benjamin.
Brady’s former longtime colleague Nine digital director Kerri Elstub said, “His ability to relate to them and react to their accidental humor filled me with joy to watch.”
Ray Martin added, “Brades, you leave a big hole in the TV appeal department.”