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Remembering Harold Mitchell, TV Industry Luminary

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Harold Mitchell AC, former Free TV Chairman, remembered for his pivotal role in advancing Australian television and his philanthropic legacy.

The Australian Television Industry is in mourning following the death of Harold Mitchell AC, a pivotal figure in Australian media, advertising, and philanthropy.

Free TV Australia, where Mitchell served as the former Chairman, expressed profound sorrow over his passing.

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Bridget Fair, CEO of Free TV, praised Mitchell’s considerable impact on the commercial television sector, noting his role in driving significant developments and providing exceptional leadership. Mitchell’s tenure was marked by his strategic guidance and dedication to advancing the interests of free-to-air television, which played a critical role in its sustainability and growth.

“Harold’s contributions to the industry cannot be overstated. His strategic insights and steadfast commitment were instrumental in enhancing the industry’s resilience and relevance,” Fair stated. She also shared her personal sense of loss, describing Mitchell as not only an outstanding Chairman but also a mentor and friend.

Mitchell was renowned for his leadership in media and his philanthropic efforts, having established the Harold Mitchell Foundation and contributing significantly to various charitable causes across Australia. His legacy includes substantial impacts on education, healthcare, and the arts, reflecting his dedication to social responsibility.

For his services, Mitchell was honored as a Companion of the Order of Australia, recognizing his leadership and philanthropic contributions, including support for humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and the indigenous community.

During his time with Free TV, Mitchell was instrumental in several key initiatives, including the repeal of media ownership laws, the transition to digital television, and efforts to maintain the anti-siphoning list, which ensures certain sports remain available on free-to-air TV.

In her concluding remarks, Fair reflected on Mitchell’s unique character and the void his passing leaves in the commercial television landscape. “Harold was one of a kind, and his loss marks the end of an era. He will be deeply missed,” she said, extending condolences to his family and friends.

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