Published Friday, 24 June 2011
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Jim, who had been battling cancer, passed away at Belfast City Hospital. He had just celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this month.
Having joined UTV in 1961 as Assistant Publicity Manager, he was promoted in 1964 to Head of Presentation, Press and Publicity - which saw him take over the running of the Presentation Department.
Through the years, this was made up of Adrienne Catherwood, Brian Durkin, Jimmy Greene, Julian Simmons and Pamela Ballantine. Jim also took care of the promotion of the station in Northern Ireland and abroad.
He went on to become the Assistant Managing Director of UTV - a position he held until he retired from UTV in 1991.
Before joining UTV, Jim had been employed for 10 years as a journalist with the Irish News. He had started off his career in the media as a cub reporter for the Banbridge Chronicle.
He is survived by his widow, Kathleen; daughters Gerda and Carol-Ann; and sons Liam, Paul, Kieran, Jim, Stephen and Michael. He also leaves his 24 grandchildren and sisters Rosaleen, Marion and Frances.
The funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross, Ardoyne on Monday at 1pm. Interment will take place afterwards at Carnmoney.
(In our video, Jim Creagh talks to UTV as part of the station's 50th anniversary celebrations)