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Ross Symonds was the MC for the 2008 Anzac Day National Service at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Ross Symonds (born 1942) is an Australian former news presenter and reporter, television and radio personality and spokesperson, best known for his association with the ABC and later the Seven Network in Sydney from the 1980s until the early 2000s.


Symonds began his career with the ABC firstly with ABC Radio in Brisbane in his early 20s, and then went to Sydney with ABC radio and television to become ABC's senior national news presenter. After 12 years in the position, Symonds joined Channel Seven in Sydney in January 1981 as the station's main news presenter. He was paired with Ann Sanders on both Seven Nightly News and Seven's news program 11AM, on which he was the featured news reader for much of the program's life.

Symonds presented his last Seven News Sydney bulletin on 5 December 2003, alongside Ann Sanders, ending a partnership that had lasted since 1998. Symonds then worked as a casual news reader at Radio 2 in Sydney in 2005. The station closed its operations at Homebush in 2006.

Symonds also was breakfast news presenter on Sydney radio station 2UW for 6 years 1988-1994.


Symonds has won the Better Hearing Australia News Presenters' Clear Speech Award ten times,[1] as well as Best Metropolitan Commercial Radio News Presenter.


In 2007 Symonds joined a real estate firm on Sydney's Upper North Shore.[2] In 2008 Symonds joined Beauty Point Retirement Resort as Sales and Promotional Consultant. Symonds acts as MC for the National Ceremonies for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.



Preceded by
Leigh Hatcher
Seven News Sydney
Weekend presenter

Succeeded by
Garry Wilkinson
Preceded by
Ann Sanders (solo 1995-1997)
Seven News Sydney
Weeknight co-anchor with Ann Sanders

Succeeded by
Ian Ross