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Gay former Channel Seven newsreader Ian Ross dies

Gay former Channel Seven newsreader Ian Ross dies

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 12 May 2014 12:42 Written by // Rachel Cook

The much-loved former Channel Seven Sydney newsreader Ian Ross has died.

The veteran news reader who left Channel Seven in 2009 was suffering with pancreatic cancer. The cancer was found after a routine medical checkup earlier this year.

Fairfax newspapers reported that on hearing of the doctor’s prognosis of five months to live, Ross said:

''While I agree with the diagnosis, I do not necessarily agree with the prognosis.”
Ross, or ‘Roscoe’ as he was affectionately known, was known for his humour and wit and tributes have poured in from the news and entertainment industry.

Nine TV host David Campbell said: "One of the nicest blokes of TV Ian Ross has passed away. He will be missed by so many."

WATCH:Ross retired in 2009 from Channel Seven

Ross’s career spanned five decades starting off in 1957 at Sydney radio station 2GB. He then went on to spend 38 years at Channel Nine working on the Channel Nine News and the Today Show.

He joined Channel Seven in 2003 where he took their struggling news program to number one within two years.

Ross went public about his long-term relationship with Gray Bolte in January this year. The couple had been together for 22 years.

Ross credited the support of his partner, his ex-wife and his three children for his positive attitude throughout his illness.


Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook has worked in both the queer and mainstream media for over a decade. She wrote the syndicated column, ‘Who’s Afraid of Cheeky Biscuit’, and has written numerous articles and features for the queer press. She has also written for The Age and the ABC. Before becoming editor of Melbourne Community Voice, she was a producer for ABC radio. Between 2008 and 2012, Rachel was the editor of CHERRIE. In 2010 her book, A History of Queer Australia, was published and is currently in use in high schools across Australia.

Comments (4)

  • mary

    06 May 2014 at 00:29 |
    I absolutely loved and admired him , I cried as I watched his funeral on tv.
  • zazava

    02 May 2014 at 11:57 |
    Oh Desert Flower ... for sure you are a cactus, full of bitter fluids. You must be a very shallow person to allow your impressions of people to be so vapid. Ian Ross conducted himself with great propriety and love and was admired by so many in every role throughout his life ... it is doubtful you can ever say the same. You bring shame with such comments .
  • AndyS

    02 May 2014 at 07:54 |
    It's narrow minded people like you that need to be removed from this earth, you have no right to sit in judgement of any one and I would hope there are no skeletons in your past that will haunt you in time to come. Ian has obviously been attracted to both sexes and has just left it late in his life to fulfill his desires
  • Desertflower

    01 May 2014 at 23:16 |
    I don't get it. How can someone be married, father three children, then turn gay? My estimation of this man has just dropped to zero.

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