Veteran broadcaster Sandy Roberts has announced his retirement from TV after a career spanning 46 years and more than 1100 VFL/AFL games.
Roberts, who joined FOX Footy in 2014, joined Seven in Adelaide in 1973 and went on to commentate Summer and Winter Olympics, AFL, NBL, the Australian Open, Spring Racing Carnival and major golf tournaments. He presented sport on Seven News Melbourne from 2005 – 2013.
He has also hosted Good Friday appeals, game shows It’s Academic and The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime 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.
“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 Mike Sheahan, on Open Mike airing Tuesday 19th March.
Sandy Roberts’ television credentials:
· 46 years
· 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)
And in case you’v forgotten, when he joined FOX Footy in 2014, the promos dept went to town…