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Ross Solly moving to Thailand, departing The Beast

By johnboy - 3 October 2013 25

The Age has the news that the ABC’s morning’s man Ross Solly is following his missus to Thailand:

Mr Solly said speculation on social media about his future had prompted confirmation he would move to Thailand with his family next year.

“I am looking forward though very, very much, to becoming a stay-at-home-Dad,” Mr Solly said.

“But yes, I am going to miss all of you very, very much.”

His wife, ABC political reporter Samantha Hawley, will take up a new posting as the ABC’s South East Asia correspondent from next year.

Mr Solly has presented the conversational, locally focused breakfast program since November 2004 after moving from Perth in 1997.

After last year’s shakeup at the ABC we await the replacement. But not so much as we tend to have news24 in the background these days rather than 666.

UPDATE: The ABC has made a statement:

After nine years as Breakfast presenter for 666 ABC Canberra and more than 20 years with the ABC, Ross Solly is leaving the station at the end of the broadcast year.

Ross has been a popular and trustworthy voice on breakfast radio, his deep connection with the ACT community and intelligent wit has kept him at the forefront of breakfast radio in the Capital.

Ross is leaving to accompany his partner Samantha Hawley and their young family to Bangkok as a result of Samantha’s recent appointment as ABC News South East Asia correspondent. She’ll take up her new position in the New Year.

It’s been thrilling and a real privilege to host 666 Breakfast,” said Ross.

“I think over nine years I’ve proven myself to be one of this community’s most adept early morning risers. I’m proud that in those nine years I’ve not once slept in, so I’m looking forward to that change,” he joked.

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25 Responses to
Ross Solly moving to Thailand, departing The Beast
IrishPete 10:33 am 04 Oct 13

Thumper said :

Believe what you wish.

In the meantime buy my book and add some more money to my despicable bank account.

http://the-riotact.com/book-review-a-case-for-ghosts-by-j-g-montgomery/82053

Robertson is trolling. Ignore him/her/it. People who believe in ghosts are no more mentally ill than people who believe in God, chiropractors, herbal medicine and so on. To be pitied perhaps, but not mentally ill.

IP

Thumper 9:29 am 04 Oct 13

Robertson said :

Thumper said :

Anna Key said :

Robertson said :

I didn’t mind Ross Solly until recently I notice he has started exploiting the mentally ill on his show, poking fun at lunatics who believe in ghosts by interviewing these loons about evenings spent at the air disaster memorial, imaginary “haunted” houses, and so forth.
This is very much beneath the behaviour I would expect of the ABC, and probably explains why he has been encouraged to leave.

I think the “mentally ill” you are referring to is Tim the Yowie Man

Tim is a mate of mine, he’s far from mentally ill. Very intelligent guy actually, and funny.

Exploiting mentally ill people who have delusions about having seen ghosts in ski lodges, or delusions about ghosts draining their car battery is neither clever nor funny – it’s despicable.

Believe what you wish.

In the meantime buy my book and add some more money to my despicable bank account.

http://the-riotact.com/book-review-a-case-for-ghosts-by-j-g-montgomery/82053

Pork Hunt 9:23 am 04 Oct 13

Robertson said :

Thumper said :

Anna Key said :

Robertson said :

I didn’t mind Ross Solly until recently I notice he has started exploiting the mentally ill on his show, poking fun at lunatics who believe in ghosts by interviewing these loons about evenings spent at the air disaster memorial, imaginary “haunted” houses, and so forth.
This is very much beneath the behaviour I would expect of the ABC, and probably explains why he has been encouraged to leave.

I think the “mentally ill” you are referring to is Tim the Yowie Man

Tim is a mate of mine, he’s far from mentally ill. Very intelligent guy actually, and funny.

Exploiting mentally ill people who have delusions about having seen ghosts in ski lodges, or delusions about ghosts draining their car battery is neither clever nor funny – it’s despicable.

I suggest you actually familiarise yourself with what it is that Tim the Yowie Man does before you open your trap.

Robertson 8:30 am 04 Oct 13

Thumper said :

Anna Key said :

Robertson said :

I didn’t mind Ross Solly until recently I notice he has started exploiting the mentally ill on his show, poking fun at lunatics who believe in ghosts by interviewing these loons about evenings spent at the air disaster memorial, imaginary “haunted” houses, and so forth.
This is very much beneath the behaviour I would expect of the ABC, and probably explains why he has been encouraged to leave.

I think the “mentally ill” you are referring to is Tim the Yowie Man

Tim is a mate of mine, he’s far from mentally ill. Very intelligent guy actually, and funny.

Exploiting mentally ill people who have delusions about having seen ghosts in ski lodges, or delusions about ghosts draining their car battery is neither clever nor funny – it’s despicable.

tuco 7:06 am 04 Oct 13

Anna Key said :

Robertson said :

I didn’t mind Ross Solly until recently I notice he has started exploiting the mentally ill on his show, poking fun at lunatics who believe in ghosts by interviewing these loons about evenings spent at the air disaster memorial, imaginary “haunted” houses, and so forth.
This is very much beneath the behaviour I would expect of the ABC, and probably explains why he has been encouraged to leave.

I think the “mentally ill” you are referring to is Tim the Yowie Man

The reference is, therefore, even more relevant. Anyone who can make up a name for himself, and then have a red hot legal go at Cadbury for doing the same kinda thing, is in danger of sliding into the nutjob section of the bell curve.

Thumper 11:00 pm 03 Oct 13

Anna Key said :

Robertson said :

I didn’t mind Ross Solly until recently I notice he has started exploiting the mentally ill on his show, poking fun at lunatics who believe in ghosts by interviewing these loons about evenings spent at the air disaster memorial, imaginary “haunted” houses, and so forth.
This is very much beneath the behaviour I would expect of the ABC, and probably explains why he has been encouraged to leave.

I think the “mentally ill” you are referring to is Tim the Yowie Man

Tim is a mate of mine, he’s far from mentally ill. Very intelligent guy actually, and funny.

Anna Key 8:57 pm 03 Oct 13

Robertson said :

I didn’t mind Ross Solly until recently I notice he has started exploiting the mentally ill on his show, poking fun at lunatics who believe in ghosts by interviewing these loons about evenings spent at the air disaster memorial, imaginary “haunted” houses, and so forth.
This is very much beneath the behaviour I would expect of the ABC, and probably explains why he has been encouraged to leave.

I think the “mentally ill” you are referring to is Tim the Yowie Man

WillowJim 11:56 am 03 Oct 13

I like Ross; the right mix of serious coverage and levity. None of this temporary replacements over the years have done it for me.

HiddenDragon 11:44 am 03 Oct 13

Not a radio listener, but I thought Ross’ interviews of Katy and Zed in last year’s election campaign did not hit the right note at all – he seemed to be trying far too hard to score gotchas.

Robertson 11:34 am 03 Oct 13

I didn’t mind Ross Solly until recently I notice he has started exploiting the mentally ill on his show, poking fun at lunatics who believe in ghosts by interviewing these loons about evenings spent at the air disaster memorial, imaginary “haunted” houses, and so forth.
This is very much beneath the behaviour I would expect of the ABC, and probably explains why he has been encouraged to leave.

Thumper 11:20 am 03 Oct 13

I like him. Nice guy as well…

Holden Caulfield 11:13 am 03 Oct 13

So far this is good news. But we need to see who’s replacing him first.

I can’t listen to 666 much during the daytime any more, the saccharine levels are way off the chart for me.

howeph 11:06 am 03 Oct 13

c_c™ said :

He turned the once strong 666 breakfast slot into an uninformed and lazy backwater. No wit, no insight, no apparent thought to the content.

c_c™ didn’t your Mum or Dad teach you the Thumperian principle?

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

astrojax 11:06 am 03 Oct 13

yeah, but he is a cats fan…

i actually don’t mind him, though tend usually only to get ‘am’ and a wee bit of him, so don’t get the whole shebang.

c_c™ 10:06 am 03 Oct 13

Absolutely fantastic news. He turned the once strong 666 breakfast slot into an uninformed and lazy backwater. No wit, no insight, no apparent thought to the content.

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