Channel Seven manager behind the success of My Kitchen Rules and Dancing With The Stars dies after cancer battle
Former Channel Seven CEO Brad Lyons has died after a battle with cancer.
Tributes started pouring in for Mr. Lyons after news of his death was announced on Sunday.
Mr. Lyons was Seven’s Director of Network Production and led several very successful years with the broadcaster.
Channel Seven TV manager Brad Lyons (pictured) has died after a brave battle with cancer
He oversaw a huge 25 shows launched by the network.
He launched some of the broadcaster’s biggest franchises, including My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, Dancing With The Stars and First Dates.
In a post loved by Sunrise EP Michael Pell and Sunrise Sports Reporter Mark Beretta, Channel Seven talent Simon Reeve paid tribute to him.
“Bradley lit the sky, took no prisoners, and left a painful empty space in our lives,” Channel Seven talent Simon Reeve (L) wrote about Bradley (R) on Sunday. Depicted with the American singer Isaac Hayes in the Logies c. 1999
“With the heaviest of hearts, the news that our dear partner and soul brother Brad Lyons passed away last night,” he wrote in an Instagram post.
In the emotional essay, Simon paid tribute to his humor and high intelligence.
Bradley lit up the sky, took no prisoners, and left a painful empty space in our lives.
“We loved you Breezo, warts and everything. Thanks for your hilariousness, your candor and your burning, life-encompassing personality. ‘
He ended, “There was no one like you and no one who loved television anymore.”
Brad launched some of the broadcaster’s biggest franchises, including My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, Dancing With The Stars and First Dates. Pictured: My Kitchen Rules’ Colin Fassnidge (L) Pete Evans (R)
He started as head of infotainment in 1997, before moving up to director of network production in 2012.
To talk with As a magazine in December 2017, before Brad left the network, he said of Channel Seven, “We have always been successful in ensuring that we have extremely compelling characters and compelling storylines, whether it be drama or reality,” he said.
“It is a very noisy market and you have to stand out.”
In the same interview, Brad spoke fondly of his career with the big network.
“I loved every minute at Seven and I had great opportunities,” he said.
“I loved every minute at Seven and I got great opportunities,” Brad said in an interview, after twenty years with the broadcaster