GOLF: Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley joins Sky Sports commentary team

May 21, 2013

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has entered a two-year partnership to become a Sky Sports ambassador and join the on-air commentary team.

The agreement is aligned to McGinley’s current role as the 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain and will see him join the Sky Sports golf team at selected events over the next two years, including the forthcoming BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

RUGBY UNION: Lawrence Dallaglio joins BT Sport

March 12, 2013

Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio has signed with BT Sport to become its chief analyst on its rugby union coverage.

Dallaglio, 40, is the first major signing for BT Sport’s exclusive live coverage of up to 69 live rugby matches a season from the Aviva Premiership.

He will be a co-commentator for some live matches and studio pundit for other live clashes when BT Sport launches in the summer.

Read the rest of this entry »


BROADCASTING: Tony Gubba – 1943-2013

March 11, 2013

Veteran sports broadcaster Tony Gubba has died aged 69 following a short illness, his family have announced.

A long-serving member of the BBC commentary team, Gubba covered everything from World Cups to Summer and Winter Olympics in a varied and distinguished career that spanned more than five decades.

He was one of the most familiar and versatile personalities of British television sport during his career, fronting iconic BBC shows like Grandstand, Sportsnight and Match of the Day during the 1970s and 80s, and, more recently, was the voice of ITV’s Sunday night celebrity skating show Dancing on Ice.

Read the rest of this entry »


MOTORSPORT: David Addison replaces Toby Moody as ITV’s new BTCC commentator

February 28, 2013

David Addison has been confirmed as ITV Sport’s new lead commentator for its Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship coverage.

Addison will join former BTCC title winner and long-time series commentator Tim Harvey in the commentary box for all ten events this season, which will once again be broadcast live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.

He replaces Toby Moody, who has returned full-time to his MotoGP commentaries with Eurosport after just single season with ITV, who in turn stepped in to replace Ben Edwards after his departure to the BBC F1 team in 2011.

Read the rest of this entry »


MOTORSPORT: ITV4 to screen highlights of inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Championship

February 25, 2013

The inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Championship will be broadcast on free-to-air television in 2013 after series organisers MSV secured a highlights deal with ITV.

Created by former grand prix driver Jonathan Palmer’s MotorSport Vision (MSV), the new championship has been created to help young drivers in their attempts to bridge the gap between junior single-seater formulae and a potential career in Formula 1.

An hour-long show will be screened one week after each of the eight events in a prime-time Sunday evening slot on ITV4 and in high-definition on ITV4 HD.

Read the rest of this entry »


BROADCASTING: David Oates – 1962-2013

February 3, 2013

Tributes have been paid to the respected sports broadcaster David Oates who has died suddenly at the age of 50.

Oates, who worked for the BBC for more than 25 years, died in hospital on Sunday following a short illness.

Best known for football and rugby league commentaries, he was a lifelong Blackpool FC supporter and a keen runner. He recently left BBC Sport full-time and had been working as a freelance radio journalist.

Read the rest of this entry »


CRICKET: Christopher Martin-Jenkins – 1945-2013

January 1, 2013

BBC Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins has died of cancer at the age of 67.

Affectionately known by colleagues and listeners as ‘CMJ’, he was one of cricket’s most distinguished and authoritative journalists and broadcasters for over 40 years as well as a former president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

Described by the current TMS producer Adam Mountford as “one of the voices of the English summer”, Martin-Jenkins was diagnosed with cancer in January 2012, shortly after returning from commentating duties on England’s series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

In a statement his family said: “Christopher died peacefully at home this morning after his brave resistance to cancer.

Read the rest of this entry »