Pioneer - Member of CAB Hall of Fame

Sedgwick, Harry


The dynamic leader of the fledgling broadcasting industry, Harry Sedgwick, established a record which shall go unchallenged as the President/Chairman of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters for 14 consecutive years - President from 1935, and Chairman from 1941 to 1948.

After serving in France in WW 1 with the Canadian Field Artillery, Sedgwick became an accountant and joined the Allen Theatre chain. When Allen was merged with Famous Players, Sedgwick became General Manager of its Eastern Division.

He resigned from F-P in 1933 to accept the position of General Manager of Canada's leading radio station, CFRB, Toronto. He was elected President of CFRB in 1939. Harry Sedgwick was the man for the times, and as the elected head of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, he fought long and hard to preserve the role of the private broadcasting industry in Canada.

He died in 1959.

Harry Sedgwick was inducted posthumously into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1982.

Written by J. Lyman Potts - April, 1996

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