The Melbourne-based presenter, who was rumoured to be joining FOX Footy earlier this year, will be replaced by weekend sports presenter Tim Watson.
— Peter Mitchell (@Peter_Mitchell7) November 13, 2013
“I’d like to thank the team at Seven for all their support, friendship and professionalism along the way. It’s been a great ride,” Roberts said. “I’d also like to congratulate Tim and wish him all the best. I’ve known Tim since the early 80s, and we’ve been colleagues for many years. He’ll do a great job.”
The managing director of Seven Melbourne, Lewis Martin, thanked Sandy Roberts for his many years at Seven.
“We’re thrilled Tim is taking up the role. He’s part of the Seven family, his sporting credentials are unrivalled and he’s a respected and much-loved Melburnian. He’s the perfect fit,” Martin said.
“We’d also like to thank Sandy who has made an enormous contribution to Seven over more than three decades. Sandy’s career will be celebrated in appropriate style in coming weeks.”
“I couldn’t be joining the news-desk at a better time,” Watson said. “News and sport demand coverage 24/7. Our sport team is passionate about the business, hell-bent on breaking stories and it will be a privilege to work alongside them.”
In February Roberts said, “Reports that I have a deal with FOX Footy are inaccurate – nor have they made me an offer.”
Roberts joined Seven in Adelaide in 1973 and has since commentated Summer and Winter Olympics, AFL, NBL, the Australian Open, Spring Racing Carnival and major golf tournaments. He joined Seven News Melbourne in 2005.
Tim Watson has also just resigned his breakfast radio role with SEN, this week saying “I’ll just stay with Channel 7 and there are no big plans outside of that. It gives me more time to spend with Seven.”
Roberts’ last day reading sport news will be Friday December 6.