Molly Meldrum.
Molly Meldrum.

Countdown to TV role for Molly Meldrum

MUSIC television legend Molly Meldrum will make his triumphant return to TV on Foxtel next year.

The music guru, who has faced a long recovery following an accidental fall at his home two years ago, will add some serious star-pulling power to pay TV's MAX channel.

Meldrum will host a range of programs including a countdown of the Top 100 Greatest Australian Songs of All Time - as decided by an expert group of top Aussie musicians - which will air on Australia Day.

The 70-year-old was officially welcomed into the MAX family, joining presenters Jane Gazzo, Chit Chat and James Reyne, at a star-studded event in Sydney earlier this month that featured an exclusive live performance by Alicia Keys.

Most famously hosting Aussie TV institution Countdown, Meldrum has built up an internationally regarded reputation as the country's top music journalist and critic.

Always wearing his trademark Stetson hat, Meldrum has interviewed everyone from Madonna to Elton John, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Prince Charles.

"When it comes to talking music, Molly is among this country's best," said Shaun James, Foxtel's general manager of music channels.

"He's interviewed absolutely everyone and his stockpile of stories and experiences is insurmountable. It goes without saying, he'll be a fantastic addition to the MAX family and we can't wait to start working with him."

Meldrum's appointment follows news that former Australian Idol judge Marcia Hines will front Foxtel's Smooth music channel.