A LEADING media business veteran who had extensive farming interests in the Mortlake area has died.
Ian Law, 62, was a former chief executive of PBL Media, the precursor to the Nine Entertainment company that includes the Nine television network.
Media reports said Mr Law died on Saturday after a long battle with cancer.
James Packer, the former executive chairman of PBL, described Mr Law as “one of the best and most decent people I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet”.
Mr Law’s wife, Roslyn, said her husband’s first love had always been farming. He had built up a small farm originally acquired from her family, the McDonalds of Mortlake, into a much larger cattle and sheep enterprise.
Mrs Law said the couple had gone into farming with her brother Colin McDonald in 1979 on the “Kout Narim” property before later acquiring “Winidad” on Fosters Lane, south of Mortlake, which became the homestead property.
They ran Angus cattle and coopworth sheep and Mr Law put a lot of energy into developing those interests after he left the Nine Network in 2010. He was also a keen golfer at the Mortlake Golf Club.
Mr Law came from a farming background before he entered the media, writing stud sales reports for The Stock and Land newspaper.
His family had a sheep and cropping enterprise at Harrow in the Wimmera and he had completed a diploma of farm business management at Glenormiston Agricultural College.
He rose to management positions with Rural Press and was chief executive of West Australian Newspapers before joining PBL Media. Mr Law oversaw extensive rationalisation including during his time at PBL.
Mr Law was a current non-executive director of carsales.com. Carsales’ managing director Greg Roebuck said Mr Law was “the consummate director”.
“His passion for the business was always evident and he was a major contributor to the success the business enjoys,” Mr Roebuck said.