SANDY ROBERTS calls time on 46 year Sports Broadcasting Career
Australian broadcast icon Sandy Roberts is retiring from television commentary following a distinguished career spanning 46 years and more than 1100 VFL/AFL games.
Joining the FOX FOOTY family in 2014, Roberts has been an integral and universally admired member of the network’s commentary team after he crossed from the Seven Network.
Roberts’ impressive television portfolio has seen him play a central role in eight Summer Olympics, three Winter Olympics, tennis, golf and racing alongside AFL.
His warm smiling face and famous tones have been a constant on Australian television since 1973, while he has also hosted Good Friday appeals, game shows and ‘World of Sport’.
“I want to thank all the viewers for welcoming me in to their lounge rooms for almost five decades. It’s an absolute honour to call live sport on TV for a living and to share that excitement with fans. It’s now time to hand over the commentary box keys to young-guns,” said Roberts.
Since crossing to FOX FOOTY, the legendary media figure has been widely regarded as one of the most respected callers in the industry, regularly nailing big moments and providing a conduit between viewers and the game.
“Sandy has been a vital member of the FOX SPORTS team for almost five years, and he will be missed by all. He’s an icon of sport and it has been such a privilege for us all to work alongside him and learn from the master,” said Head of FOX SPORTS, Peter Campbell.
Roberts plans to continue commentating AFL on radio and will sign-off from FOX FOOTY with an interview by his great friend, Mike Sheahan, on Open Mike airing Tuesday 19th March.
Sandy Roberts’ television credentials:
8 Summer Olympic Games
3 Winter Olympic Games
19 AFL Grand Finals
1100 VFL/AFL Games
25 years Australian Open (tennis)
Over 25 years of Australian golf including covering US & British Opens (golf)