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.

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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.

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