Ten sales veteran Trish Ramsay passes away

Industry stalwart and long-term Network Ten employee, Trish Ramsay, has succumbed to cancer after battling the disease since last year.

Ramsay was most recently head of pricing and yield at Ten, with CEO Paul Anderson paying tribute to her wisdom, talent and kindness. 

Ramsay passed away over the weekend

The network said she would be remembered for her dry sense of humour, deep knowledge of the media business, outstanding recall of all things free-to-air television and the exceptional patience and generosity she displayed to her colleagues.

“With her talent, experience, wisdom and kindness, Trish was an invaluable part of the Network Ten team for many years,” Anderson said. “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 Ten and she will be sadly missed.”

A number of other high-profile industry personalities also paid tribute to Ramsay.

Former Telstra CMO 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 chief executive Grant Blackley also crossed paths with Ramsay throughout her career, and remembered her commitment and wit.

“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,” he said. “We worked together at Network Ten 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.”

Ramsay is survived by her son, Cooper Jacob, who Blackley said was her “greatest achievement”.

“Trish was enormously competent and this served her well in both her private and professional life. Trish earned many accolades in her carer, 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. 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 the broadcaster would always remember Ramsay’s ‘magic’.

“Trish joined the SBS family in 2009 to manage the single largest sporting event in the world, the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” he said. “From the moment Trish entered SBS, I remember her calm, rational 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.”

Ramsay passed away on 5 January.


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