Former ABC Exec Herb Granath Has Died

Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame inductee was 91.
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DARIEN, Conn.—Herbert A. Granath, best known for his career at ABC, passed away at the age of 91 on Nov. 26, a New York Times obituary reports.

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Granath helped ABC as it entered into the cable and international fields. During his career he developed as served as Chairman of the Board of ESPN, A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime Television. He also served in a number of leadership positions in the industry, including trustee of the American Museum of the Moving Image; president of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; governor of the National Academy of Cable Programming; and director of the International Radio and Television Society.

Beyond his work in broadcast, he also managed ABC’s theater investments through a partnership with the Shubert Organization, had served in the U.S. Army as a writer/producer for Special Services and was president of the Veterans’ Beside Network.

Throughout his career, Granath was honored with numerous awards: an International Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement in International TV; a U.S. Emmy for Lifetime Achievement in Sports Television; the IRTS Gold Medal; six Tony Award nominations, including two wins; and induction into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

Granath is survived by his wife, Ann Flood, four children and their spouses, and 11 grandchildren.

A funeral will be held on Dec. 3. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Veterans Bedside Network.