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Sir James Cruthers

Posted by admin On March - 10 - 2009

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TVW’s FIRST GENERAL MANAGER

Sir James Cruthers, born in Cottesloe, began a long career in the media and entertainment fields as a journalist at the Perth Daily News, after his war service in the RAAF. In 1958 he became General Manager of Perth’s first television station TVW Channel 7 and later Chairman. He retired as Chairman and Managing Director in 1981 and became Chairman of the Australian Film Commission.

In 1983 Sir James accepted a position at News American Publishing Inc as personal advisor to Mr Rupert Murdoch and worked with Mr Murdoch for seven years in New York, London and Los Angeles. Sir James was knighted in 1980 for services to business, the arts, and the community and the same year was WA Citizen of the Year for commerce and industry. He was also chairman of The Sunday Times.

Sir James is a philanthropist who established TVW Telethon and the annual WA Christmas Pageant. He actively supports many charitable groups. Sir James was awarded a UWA Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2005.

One Response to “Sir James Cruthers”

  1. Keith and Ruby Bales says:

    James Cruthers gave me the opportunity to edit the first GTVW Newsletter and I thnak him and Briab Treasure, Stan Fildes, Darcy Farrell, Max Bostock and Gerry Bahen for giving me the opportunity to go on air with Club 7 Teen with gary Carvolth and Johnny Young and to be the Teen Talk newsreader at the time. Day job was in advertising and programming with Stan Fildes as Traffic Manager and with Gerry Bahen as Film Vault Manager. All sensational job opportunities working with fine, talented Team at TVW. I thank all of them and Jim for my start in life and my career path. The TVW Team was the No 1 Team in WA and one of the very besdt in Australia. I later, worked again with Jim Crfuthers at News Corporation and regularly flew The Concorde London to New York with him and Lady Shiela.

    God bless you and both rest in PEACE.

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