Neighbours creator Reg Grundy dies at 92


Reg Grundy, the producer behind soap opera Neighbours and many other Australian TV series, has died at 92.

The Australian TV mogul, who also presented his country's version of Wheel of Fortune, passed away in Bermuda where had lived with his wife Joy since 1982, the BBC said.

Neighbours brought Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, who played young couple Scott and Charlene Robinson, worldwide fame as pop stars.

Sydney native Grundy's shows were hits around the world and also included The Young Doctors and Prisoner: Cell Block H.

The media mogul - who had one point had a home in Belgravia, London - founded Grundy Productions in 1959.

Grundy Worldwide was sold to the media conglomerate Pearson Plc for £175 million in April 1995, of which Mr Grundy himself is believed to have received the vast bulk.

It later became known as FremantleMedia Australia.

The current CEO of FremantleMedia Australia Ian Hogg called him an "icon" and said his "innate understanding of great storytelling and entertainment lives on today" through programmes like Neighbours which are still running.