Graham White had  a distinguished career spanning 50 years in the Australian television industry. Graham grew up on a 5,000  acre  wheat and  sheep property in central Victoria before attending BGS as a boarder, where he was  Captain of the First XVIII. He studied commerce at the University of Melbourne, then  began his career at ABC in 1952  and  as a TV producer-director was  involved with the launch of ABC Television in 1956.  Graham was  also  one  of just three  MCG commentators at the Melbourne Olympic Games in that year. While at ABC Graham held several senior roles,  including Head of Rural Broadcasting (1953),  Controller  of TV Programs (1971)  and  then  in 1973  he was  promoted to General Manager of ABC Television, a position  he held for ten years. During the 1970s Graham launched many  well known Australian series such as Countdown, A Big Country, the Magic of Music and countless drama series such as Rush, Ben Hall and  Power Without Glory. He expanded ABC’s current affair presence and  devoted a great  deal of time in widening  the scope of sports programs. Graham was  also  responsible for extending television services to all regions of Australia. Initially in 1956,  only Melbourne and  Sydney had  TV. Yet in the next few years Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and  Hobart  had  TV; next came the provincial centres including  Darwin, Townsville etc. But there  were  still vast  areas without TV service. Graham was  instrumental in changing a Cabinet decision in Canberra to provide  a satellite service with a footprint across the whole of Australia, giving the remotest outback areas TV at last. As Director of Television Graham established ABC Enterprises with the publication of ABC Books  and opened the first ABC shop in Sydney in 1982. ABC shops in all states now generate millions of dollars  in revenue. While on secondment from the ABC, Graham worked  for the United Nations in Asia, South America  and  the Pacific region  with the Food  and Agriculture  Organisation of the UN. His role was  organising and  conducting broadcasting training  courses. After leaving  the ABC, Graham became the Managing Director of RKO Pictures and  a consultant to many organisations including  BBC Worldwide,  IMG, AGU, and  several commercial companies. Graham has  sat  on several boards over the years including  the Australian Confederation of Sport,  in Canberra. In 1981  Graham was  awarded the Order  of the British Empire  for services to national broadcasting and  public service. In 2000  Graham was  awarded the Australian Sports Medal for service to golf and  sport  in Australia.

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