Trish Ramsay, a media industry veteran of over 30 years and a long-term Network 10 employee, has died after less than a year battling cancer.
A statement by 10 said Trish passed away peacefully on Saturday, and will be remembered by her colleagues for “her dry sense of humour, her deep knowledge of the media business, her outstanding recall of all things free-to-air television and the exceptional patience and generosity she displayed to everyone with whom she worked”.
“In recent years, Trish often joked that she was in the ‘twilight of her career’ and was ‘out of 10’s key demographic’ – jokes that did not disguise the fact she added enormous value to the network through her extensive experience and understanding of its programming, ratings and pricing,” the statement said.
Network 10 CEO Paul Anderson said: “With her talent, experience, wisdom and kindness, Trish was an invaluable part of the Network 10 team for many years. Her knowledge and connections across the TV industry and broader media sector were second to none.
“She was a wonderful colleague and friend to many, many people at Network 10, and she will be sadly missed.”
Marketing and media executive Joe Pollard said: “Trish was my first boss in the typing pool at JWT in 1984. She was the chief secretary at the top of the cubby row. She wasn’t in the pool but the boss of us all!
“A beautiful person and a wonderful friend taken from us too soon.”
Southern Cross Austereo CEO Grant Blackley said: “I had the absolute pleasure of working with and being entertained by ‘Trish the Dish’ as she was affectionately known from early in her career.
“We worked together at Network 10 for many years, and Trish was always an inspirational, committed and highly professional executive who always had her clients’ interests at heart.
“To that end, she enjoyed a wonderful relationship with each of her agencies and clients, who could always rely on her delivering the best possible outcome, regardless of the challenges.
“Trish had a wicked sense of humour which she put to work often, entertaining those she worked and others she came into contact with. Her loyalty was without question, but she never suffered fools and always praised the strong and the willing.”
Blackley said Ramsay was enormously competent, and noted that this served her well in both her private and professional life.
“Trish earnt many accolades in her career across numerous years, but her greatest achievement must be raising her son Cooper into the most beautiful young man after her late husband Andrew’s passing,” he said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends, and we should all feel stronger knowing Trish touched each of us in so many wonderful ways.”
SBS media sales director Adam Sadler said: “Trish joined the SBS family in 2009 to manage the single largest sporting event in the world: the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
“From the moment Trish entered SBS, I remember her calm, rationale and compassionate disposition. She had a worldly magic about her that always made our team smile and trust we were in good hands. She will be remembered in the hearts and minds of the SBS family always.”