Australian media is in a state of mourning today as we say a final goodbye to former Sydney news anchor, Ian ‘Roscoe’ Ross.
Ross served Australian journalism for a huge span of over 50 years – working for both Channel Nine and Channel Seven. He spent the last few years of his career reading the news for the Sydney area, before retiring in 2009.
Many of us would remember him for his time in Channel Seven’s newsrooms, and on Channel Nine’s Today Show. Roscoe was the absolute definition of ‘veteran journalist’; he spent his career dedicated to bringing news to the public in an honest and simplistic way, and received a Logie award in 2008 for his Australian TV news dedication.
Ross had announced in January of this year that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which has spread to his liver. He had been given an estimate of five months to live.
Ross lost his battle this morning in a hospital in Queensland’s Gold Coast and is survived by his partner, Gray Bolte, his ex-wife, children and grand-children.