Ex-Seven newsreader Ian Ross was remembered as always being a ‘gentleman’. He died aged 73 after a long battle with cancer. Photo: Courtesy of SevenWith his death, as with his life, Ian Ross showed a rare ability to unite the television industry.
Colleagues from both Nine and Seven, where he spent most of his career, put aside network allegiances to mourn his passing, with many repeating one word that explained his almost universal respect: He was, they all agreed, a “gentleman”.
“An absolute gentleman,” said newsreader Sharon Ghidella. “Such a gent,” said reporter Robert Ovadia. “One of the true gentleman of the business,” said radio presenter Trevor Sinclair. “An absolute gentleman. RIP,” added director Peter Skillman.
“Ian was just a very nice … wonderful man,” said Mark Ferguson who worked alongside Ross at Nine and then in opposition to him when the veteran newsreader swapped over to Seven.
“He had that great ability to bring warmth and sincerity to stories, but he also had a wicked sense of humour … you just couldn’t help but warm to him.”
Generous with his time and experience, Ross helped many colleagues with advice and tips, Ferguson said.
“He had a great ability and willingness to share his knowledge,” Ferguson said.
“I often do school visits these days and one of the questions I get from youngsters is who has inspired me in my career and Ian Ross is always the first name I mention.
“He spent countless hours giving me tips, advice, things that I still hold onto today … what a great guy.”
And to the viewers who didn’t know him personally, but trusted him implicitly, he was that and more.
Ross was an unflappable television presence in times of disaster or crisis, able to deliver the news calmly, clearly and objectively.
He was a trusted voice at the newsdesk, a former on-the-road reporter viewers knew was reliable with good news and bad, who shared a joke when appropriate, delivered often terrible news with care when he had to.
And no matter who he was reporting on, from pauper to prince, he treated everyone fairly and with the respect they deserved.
He was, as those who knew him attest, a consumate newsreader. And a gentleman.
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