News presenter Ian “Roscoe” Ross was a straight shooter with a great sense of humour.
The Ross’ friends and colleagues have spoken out about the newsman’s character and contribution to the local television industry following his death on Wednesday at the age of 73.
Ross retired from his presenting job at Seven Network in 2009 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer shortly before Christmas. His death was confirmed by Seven on Wednesday morning.
“He left a lasting impact at channel seven and channel nine, and has sadly succumbed to pancreatic cancer,” Sunrise host Natalie Barr said on air.
Co-host David Koch added: “He would take everyone under their wing and show them the ropes. He was a man with a great sense of humour.
Ross’ former Nine Network colleagues also paid tribute to the newsman.
“I had the pleasure of interviewing him for the Today Show’s 30 year reunion and still he himself was saying `I pinch myself, I can’t believe what I’ve achieved in my career’,” News presenter Georgie Gardner said.
“And I loved that about Roscoe.”
Entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins said he will be sadly missed.
“People just trusted him, loved him, knew that he was a straight shooter,” he said.
Media commentator Prue MacSween was a long time friend.
“He was a real fighter,” she said.
“He saw the funny side of things. He was more concerned about his family and friends. He has three beautiful children and grandchildren,” she said during an interview on Seven’s The Morning Show.
“He mentored so many people through this business and remarkably just kept giving.”
Twitter carried tributes from other TV personalties and journalists.
“One of the nicest blokes of TV Ian Ross has passed away. He will be missed by so many,” Nine’s David Campbell wrote.
Award-winning journalist Chris Reason tweeted: “Ian Ross – over 50 yrs in media, 44 on camera, 38y with nine, 10y on Today, 6y with 7News and went out on top. Definition ‘veteran newsman'”.
“Such sad news this morning. Ian ‘Roscoe’ Ross has passed away. An incredible man. Our hearts go out to his family,” Seven TV host Sally Obermeder tweeted.
“Terribly sad news that Ian Ross has died. RIP Roscoe. A finer man, & better newsman, you’ll never meet #7News #legend,” Seven tweeted.