Ted Crosbie remembered as a “true pioneer of modern Irish media” and a gentleman

Ted Crosbie, hailed as one of Ireland’s last great press barons, received a warm tribute.

homas Edward “Ted” Crosbie, born in 1931, died in Cork over the weekend after a short illness.

For more than half a century he was one of the most prominent figures in the Irish newspaper industry.

Mr Crosbie has been credited with helping introduce web offset printing technology to the industry, color printing and helping to keep The Cork Examiner/Irish Examiner family owned until 2018.

The Cork-based newspaper was owned by the Crosbie family for 146 years, spanning four generations.

When Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH) went into so-called ‘pre-pack’ receivership in 2013, he and his son Tom ran a family group that took over and operated the newspaper group as Landmark Media until it was finally taken over in 2018 by The Irish Times .

At the time, Mr Crosbie admitted he was “sad” to see the end of his family’s proud association with a publication affectionately known as “de paper” after a century and a half.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Mr Crosbie’s life was woven into the fabric of Cork life for 90 years.

“Ted was one of the nicest people you could ever meet; funny, scholarly and insightful,” he said.

“He was a true pioneer of modern Irish media, with a keen scientific and business mind and a passion for enriching the charitable, cultural and social life of his city and country.”

“Ted’s rich legacy includes the first full color national newspapers produced in Ireland, as well as innovations in print and digital technologies that were years ahead of its competitors.”

“I know his love of newsprint and ink was matched by his love of sailing and a long association with the Royal Cork Yacht Club. A true gentleman, Ted will be sorely missed in his hometown and beyond.”

RTE broadcaster and former newspaper journalist David McCullagh once hailed Mr Crosbie as “a journalist’s dream owner”.

Miriam O’Callaghan, a fellow RTE journalist, said Mr Crosbie is not only a pioneering newspaper executive but also a fearless advocate for Cork and the whole South West.

“He was a tireless pioneer of innovation and a force for constructive change achieved through consultation and mutual agreement,” she said.

Mr Crosbie studied at Christian Brothers College (CBC) and then at University College Cork (UCC) where he earned a science degree in 1952.

He famously said he was a chemist by training, but joined the family newspaper business and guided it through the trying times of the 1970s and 80s.

Mr. Crosbie credited a study visit to Sweden in the 1950s as an introduction to the science of modern newspaper production – leading him to pioneer the introduction of web offset printing technology in Ireland and ultimately the use of computers and direct input systems.

Eventually he rose to become chief executive of TCH, where he became known for his fearless defense of independent journalism.

He was also a keen yachtsman and a member of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, serving as the Club’s Admiral, the oldest yachting organization in the world.

In 1950 he became Irish Helmsman National Champion.

Mr Crosbie was also an accomplished after-dinner speaker, once famously replying when asked at a business dinner exactly how many people worked for his paper: “About half.”

In 2018 he received the inaugural Hall of Fame award from the Cork Person of the Year organisation.

In 2007, Ted Crosbie received an honorary doctorate from UCC in recognition of his enormous contribution to Cork’s business and cultural life.

He was predeceased by his wife Gretchen and daughter Suzanne. He leaves behind his children Elizabeth, Sophie, Tom, Andrew and Edward.

Tom Crosbie said his father will be remembered as a “great newspaperman”.

The Crosbie family’s association with the Cork newspaper began in 1842 when Thomas Crosbie (15), Ted Crosbie’s great-grandfather, became a reporter.

Crosbie eventually became editor and when the newspaper’s founder, Nationalist MP John Francis Maguire, died in 1872, Crosbie became the sole owner.

The company remained in his family until 2018 and was run by his descendants.

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