Malcolm Searle

malcolmsearle Former TV quiz show host and radio presenter Malcolm Searle passed away earlier this week at the age of 77.

Tamworth-born Searle was the original host of the Melbourne-based quiz show Coles £3000 Question from 1960 until ill-health forced him to resign in early 1963. He was later one of the ‘Good Guy’ presenters on Melbourne’s popular music radio station 3AK.

Searle then moved to Brisbane as a presenter on the recently-launched TVQ0 before moving to Sydney to host The Marriage Game. He later returned to Queensland, working in the hotel and restaurant industries and maintaining other business ventures.

In the late 1970s, Searle had returned to Brisbane to host the game show Pyramid Challenge for the 0-10 Network.

The funeral for Malcolm Searle was held today in Nambour, Queensland.

Source: Jocks’ Journal

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  1. Actually he was born in Tamworth, on the 7th of July 1931, which would have made him 77. I know this for a fact as I am his niece.

  2. Hello Sophie, thank you for your comments and I apologise for the errors in this entry. My information was based on articles from TV Times magazines which had him age 46 in August 1978. I have amended my article above accordingly, and of course, sincere condolences to your family at this time.

  3. I appeared on Ten's New Faces in 1969 and managed to get a job with Ten as a freelance booth announcer. They said I was too young for anything on camera. So my first job was with Malcolm on the Marriage Game and I was paid the handsome sum of $26.10. I also discovered that Noritake is pronounced Nora-taa-key. Hehe. How embarrassing.

  4. Also in later years, Malcolm used to own a fish shop in the Wilsonton Shopping Centre in Toowoomba QLD.

      • Kim Bownas on 3 April 2019 at 8:22 PM
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      I remember our times with Judy, Malcolm, the boys washing dishes. Mal would put a bet on and if he won, he’d come back and say,’Get yourself a can of softdrink.’ He’d always tell me to sit down, that I was a ‘bomb’. The many laughs I’ve shared with the crew at ‘Malcolm Searles.’. My first real job. Never learned to cook, do anything until Judy taught me. So much love for this family, they truly taught me so much, forever grateful for their love 😘

    • Tim Predovan on 10 April 2014 at 12:03 AM
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    God Bless your Soul Malcolm Searle

    • Edward Thirkill on 2 March 2016 at 4:03 PM
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    And before all that he was an announcer on 4BK/AK in the late 50s&early 60s

    • Geoff Carruth on 27 February 2019 at 10:19 AM
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    I met him in Brunswick Heads NSW.
    He relayed his life to me over the course of 3 weekly meetings . Led a full life
    Nice guy.

    • Trevor Rogers on 16 April 2021 at 8:42 AM
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    Many years ago, I recall Malcolm Searle on many TV game and Quiz shows. He was terrific and I formed an opinion that he would have been a really nice person off air.
    He always displayed manners, courtesy and a very caring attitude to those who were nervous as contestants on his TV shows.
    He was fabulous and it would do good to have people like him back on television. Trevor

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