NEWSPAPER proprietor Ted Crosbie became the first person to be inducted into the Cork Person of the Year Hall of Fame yesterday.
MC Miriam O'Callaghan announced the award for the former Irish Examiner chief executive who, she said, had done as much as anyone 'to enhance Cork's reputation and to ensure that it makes headlines day by day.'
Ted told the Evening Echo, he was 'deeply touched' by the award, but joked that after 71 years in the business, he was “entitled to some recognition.”
The award comes as proceedings continue into the sale of Landmark Media Group to The Irish Times DAC, bringing an end to the many decades of Crosbie ownership at the helm of Cork news.
Chairman Tom Crosbie said it was a proud day for the Crosbie family and his father.
"It is a reflection on himself; 86 and spent his entire life in the newspaper industry," he said.
Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald heaped praise on Ted for his work in the newspaper industry, saying the Evening Echo or the Irish Examiner was a must read every day.
“The Evening Echo is a community newspaper, great for coverage on what’s on in Cork in the social community and sporting communities.
“Ted Crosbie and his family have given so much to Cork and rising to the challenges that have faced Cork over many many years and the Hall of Fame award is truly well deserved by Ted and the Crosbie family.”