Veteran ABC newsreader Jim Graham dies aged 63


ABC Radio Melbourne’s afternoon newsreader, Jim Graham, has died aged 63.

Graham had been on the ABC airwaves in Victoria for greater than 20 years, however his radio profession stretched again a number of many years.

He had additionally labored for the ABC in Queensland, at Melbourne radio stations 3MP and 3UZ, Geelong radio station 3GL and Bendigo’s 3BO.

He was nonetheless presenting the information till a number of weeks in the past, when he took go away after struggling a coronary heart assault.

He had been recovering in hospital and at dwelling, however died on the weekend.

Graham, who had beforehand labored as a reporter and sub-editor, was identified to listeners for his distinctive, deep voice. However he was notably nicely regarded by his newsroom colleagues for his kindness and generosity — particularly with youthful journalists studying the ropes.

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Fellow ABC radio newsreader Melissa Brown mentioned Graham greeted everybody with a pleasant “g’day” as he arrived at work.

“Everybody tells the identical tales about loving to cease by and chat to Jim — he was such a peaceful man who’d at all times have a joke or two for us,” she mentioned.

“You might ask him for recommendation and he’d offer you nice recommendation … however he’d by no means attempt to throw his opinions on you except you requested for it.”

Brown described Graham as a “great regular rock” who at all times had time for his colleagues.

“Mary [McDonald, another ABC newsreader] and I could be fairly frantic and fairly overwrought about what went improper through the day and what we actually wished to occur through the day, and Jim would simply steadily inform us, ‘You’ve got executed your greatest, you do your greatest, that is all you are able to do every single day.’

“And every single day he’d simply centre us again down, and that is what bought us again within the subsequent day.”

Jim Graham (second from proper) has been fondly remembered by colleagues for his kindness and sense of humour.(Equipped: Samantha Donovan)

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The veteran journalist was additionally identified for his dry wit, Brown mentioned, which often got here out on air.

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One in all Jim Graham’s fondly-remembered on-air moments.

ABC Radio Melbourne listeners have despatched textual content messages to the station paying tribute to Graham and describing him as a reassuring and compassionate newsreader.

Like many, I used to be very unhappy to listen to in regards to the passing of Jim Graham. His voice was such a consolation us listeners, a core a part of our every day routine. It feels much like when Mark Colvin died. Whenever you heard from them every single day, they morphed into acquainted previous mates to us. My ideas are with Jim’s household and all of his colleagues at 774. The time period “G’day Raf” goes by way of many individuals’s minds proper now — Felicity, Port Melbourne.

Jim had an awesome sneaky sense of humour — quips and really cheeky. Vale Jim — will miss your voice — Nicole in Kew

Very, very unhappy to listen to of Jim’s passing. His high quality voice was so reassuring and you may really feel his compassion and care in each information he learn. Such a loss to our 774 household. Wishing his household and all of 774 greatest needs and Vale!!!

I’m really saddened to listen to of the passing of Jim Graham. He was a legend, and offered listeners with heat, authority and a contact of splendidly dry humour along with his supply of the information. Will probably be a tragic day in your organisation.

Jim was such a reassuring presence on ABC, liked his supply and tone. I’ll miss him lots. RIP — Sarah, Reservoir

I believe I should retire the considered the drive dwelling with out Jim Graham. It is simply too unhappy to consider. I’ll miss him terribly.

ABC Information Victoria state editor Georgia Spokes mentioned Graham’s “pretty baritone has introduced radio information to audiences throughout Victoria for greater than 20 years”.

“Off air, he was a devoted and gifted radio information sub who mentored and educated generations of younger reporters,” she mentioned.

“Most significantly, Jim was a gentleman. He was at all times variety and beneficiant along with his time and by no means did not ask how your day was going.

“The newsroom was his household and he was very a lot liked and revered by everybody.”

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