Local media mourns loss of two stalwarts

Queensland’s media industry has lost two stalwarts with the news this week of the deaths of long-time Channel Seven newsreader Frank Warrick and former ABC journalist and presenter Cathy Job.

May 11, 2021, updated May 11, 2021

Warrick, 76, a veteran newsman who presented the news each weeknight over 13 years with colleague Kay McGrath, died on Tuesday morning surrounded by his family.

He had been suffering with dementia for about five years.

In a statement, McGrath expressed her sincere condolences to Warrick’s wife Lyn and their family.

“We had a very successful 13-year, on-air relationship during the ’80s and ’90s when 6:00pm news was a ritual for viewers,” she said.

“Live TV can be a challenging environment at times, but we always had each other’s backs.

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“Frank was the consummate professional — I never saw him fazed or flustered on air.”

Cathy Job, one of the most high-profile journalists chronicling the heady changes happening in post-Fitzgerald Queensland in the early 1990s, died on April 29 after a long battle with cancer, aged 62.

Job was regarded by many as one of the toughest current affairs studio interviewers in the country, regularly skewering politicians as host of the Queensland edition of the 7.30 Report and the drive time slot on 4QR (now 612 ABC Brisbane).

She later worked as a ministerial adviser in Canberra.

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