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Oscar Whitbread

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Oscar Whitbread (OAM)
Oscar Ralph Whitbread

26 November 1929
England, United Kingdom
Died16 May 2016 (ahed 86)
CitizenshipEnglish Australia
OccupationFilm and television producer/director
Years active1956-1997
Known forHead of Drama at the ABC, Head of Drama at the Seven Network
Spouse(s)Corrine Kerby

Oscar Ralph Whitbread OAM (26 November 1929 – 16 May 2016) was an English-Australian producer who worked extensively in television.[1][2]

He moved to Australia in the late 1940s. Whitbread started his career at the ABC in 1956, where he served as the Head of Drama, before switching to the same position with the Seven Network. He was responsible for numerous successful series including Bellbird, The Flying Doctors and the miniseries Power Without Glory. Whitbread was the senior executive producer at Crawford Productions and also worked in England for the BBC, Thames Television, Granada Television and London Weekend Television.

Personal life

Whitbread was married to Corinne Kerby.[3] He died on 16 May 2016 after a long illness.[2]

Select credits


  1. ^ "Oscar Whitbread: a man behind Aussie drama" By Caris Bizzaca Nine New 26 January 2012 accessed 29 June 2013
  2. ^ a b Stephanie Ferrier, "Oscar Whitbread: Australian television pioneer, mentor, dies aged 86" ABC News 18 May 2016
  3. ^ "CORINNE: Melbourne-type ma'am". The Australian Women's Weekly. 28 ([?]). 26 October 1960. p. 69. Retrieved 27 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Circus Ballet". The Canberra Times. 37 (10, 513). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 18 April 1963. p. 35. Retrieved 27 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "RICH FARE FOR HOLIDAY VIEWING". The Australian Women's Weekly. 31 (31). 1 January 1964. p. 13. Retrieved 27 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Photo finish of an 80-year-old". The Canberra Times. 40 (11, 307). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 8 November 1965. p. 17. Retrieved 27 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.

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