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Elise Donaldson
Today's birthday, June 24: Australian television news presenter Ian Ross (1940 - 2014)

Today's birthday, June 24: Australian television news presenter Ian Ross (1940 - 2014)

A bitter row erupted in 2016 over the estate of former high-profile Sydney news presenter Ian 'Roscoe' Ross, who died in 2014 from pancreatic cancer.

Ross's estranged son Stuart applied to the Queensland Supreme Court in a bid to claim a slice of his father's estate, which was left entirely to Ross's partner, Gray Bolte.

During proceedings, details of a strained relationship between the popular newsreader and his children emerged, with Stuart telling the court his father was "not a devoted parent".

But Bolte refuted these claims and labelled Stuart a dropout who threatened his father when he did not give him money.

The court's decision on the matter is unknown.

Ian Ross was born in Waverley, New South Wales in 1940.

He began his journalism career at Sydney radio station 2GB before switching over to National Nine News in 1965.

Ross remained a reporter at the Nine Network for 38 years and was best known for his time as Today news presenter.

He also presented Nine News on many occasions.

In 2003, he left Nine and joined the Seven Network to head the channel's flagship 6pm bulletin. A year into the job, Ross had helped Seven to raise their ratings and beat Nine to become the number one news bulletin in Sydney.

Later on, Ross hosted Seven News from Sunday to Wednesday.

He presented his final news bulletin in November 2009, before retiring.

Ross died at the age of 73 in a Gold Coast hospital. He learnt about his cancer after a routine visit to his doctor. By that stage, the cancer had progressed to stage four.

Following his death, Seven paid tribute to the veteran newsreader saying he was "a perfect mix of on-road experience and on-camera charisma", and that he was "loved by everyone in the newsroom".

Ross is survived by his partner Bolte, his ex-wife, three children and eight grandchildren.