Bert Newton

Bert Newman was hospitalised today after being diagnosed with a serious case of pneumonia.

The 72 year-old was admitted this morning to Epworth hosptial, under strict surveillance from the nursing team and is still undergoing thorough tests.

The television legend had recently been spending a large amount of time with his granddaughter, Eva, who had recently fallen ill with the disease twice.

Like fellow Australians, my thoughts and prayers go out to Bert and the Newton family.