Former Sky Sports News presenter David Bobin has died at the age of 71.
A regular face on televised sport for over 30 years, Bobin joined Sky Sports in 1993 and worked on a wide range of programming including La Liga football, Goals on Sunday and Sports Centre.
He also fronted Sky Sports’ coverage of rugby union, darts, motorsport and European Tour golf before becoming a regular presenter on Sky Sports News following the channel’s launch in 1998.
Barney Francis, Sky Sports managing director, said: “Today (Friday) we learned the sad news that our former colleague David Bobin passed away on Wednesday.
“David had been part of our family for many years presenting our coverage of a wide number of sports. David was a strong on screen presence with a vast sports knowledge.
“He was a lovely man, genuine and kind. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.”
Bobin started his career as a newspaper journalist in Oxford in the 1960s before moving into television with ITV regional station Southern TV in 1975, followed by spells with TVS and ITN, where he was a regular sports news presenter and reporter.
He also briefly worked as a presenter for ITV Sport, where he was deputy to lead presenter Frank Bough during ITV’s coverage of its debut Rugby World Cup in 1991.
Fellow Sky Sports news anchors and former colleagues, including Dave Clark, Hayley McQueen, Charlie Webster and Simon Thomas, posted their condolences on their Twitter accounts, with Thomas calling him ‘one of the nicest men in broadcasting’.
— Simon Thomas (@SimonThomasSky) May 26, 2017
Thoughts with David Bobin's family. He used to talk about them all the time,with a huge smile on his face – and he was so proud of his kids.
— Charlie Webster (@CharlieCW) May 26, 2017
— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) May 26, 2017
So sad to hear my old friend David Bobin has passed away. A real gentleman and a wonderful broadcaster. https://t.co/jS9bmv0z4f
— Dave Clark (@DaveClarkTV) May 26, 2017
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) May 26, 2017