Ian ‘Roscoe’ Ross has confirmed what we’ve expected all along -that he will retire at the end of the year.
Seven’s most senior Sydney newsreader will hand over the reins to Chris Bath in just three weeks time.
His final bulletin will be on Friday, November 27th.
Ross’ retirement follows expectations this year that he would retire after being coaxed to stay on for 2009. In July it was reported that David Leckie agreed to let him go when his contract expired in December.
“I had thought about quitting last year but [he and Seven] came to a mutual agreement that I would do another year,” Ross said.
Former Nine News presenter Mark Ferguson will become Seven’s weekend presenter while Bath currently co-presents Sunday Night.
But the shift could open some opportunities for Nine if viewers decide not to stick with the new Seven team. While Nine News with Peter Overton still trails terribly, it has shown some improvement in recent months. Nine’s year was ruined by the fumbled changing of the guard from Ferguson to Overton, but with a new set and a new year can it manage to put the past behind it?
Meanwhile another report today suggests Seven CEO David Leckie could also retire within two years. That would leave names such as James Warburton, Tim Worner, Melbourne’s Peter Lewis and Brisbane’s Max Walker as possible candidates for the role. But a Seven spokesman talked down any exit, tipping he had “another 5 years” in him.
Source: Sunday Telegraph