Michael Shrimpton

THE ‘father’ of Countdown, TV producer Michael Shrimpton, has passed away.

Shrimpton died on Thursday night after losing his battle with cancer.

He is survived by wife Jude and two daughters.

“There wouldn’t have been a Countdown without Michael Shrimpton,” Molly Meldrum said today.

“He was the driving force behind Countdown.”

Shrimpton’s pivotal role in the history of Countdown was documented this year in the Molly miniseries.

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Old school: Molly and Michael Shrimpton pictured at the ABC in the 80s. Picture: Martin Webby