Gary Newbon has been a broadcaster for over 45 years – 36 with ITV and since September 2004 a presenter with Sky Sports. He is currently presenting Sporting Heroes, a series in which Gary interviews in depth the legends of sport. His previous series include Time of Our Lives and You Are On Sky Sports. He still presents Live Boxing.
Gary has covered seven World Cup football finals, three Olympic Games, European Champions Football – both national and club – many world boxing championships around the world and a host of other sports ranging from speedway to greyhound racing. He has presented over 10,000 television programmes. Gary particularly made his name with interviews in European Champions League, the Big Match and ITV’s Big Fight transmissions. His regular and memorable interviewees include the late Brian Clough, Sir Alex Ferguson and Chris Eubank.
As an executive Gary was Controller of Sport for Central Television for 23 years, a former Deputy Head of ITV Sport and was responsible for introducing many well known faces to the screen together with top production talent. He developed Jimmy Greaves who began his television career withGaryon ATV in 1980 and several of today’s top presenters – Manish Bhasin (BBC), Sarah-Jane Mee (Sky News) and Mark Bolton (Sky). Many of the production people he started off now hold top jobs in television. Gary has won three coveted Royal Television Society awards and was nominated for the Sony Radio Awards when he made his mark in radio as a regular host on Talksport for nine years. He was producer of the acclaimed 1987 documentary on ITV about the Queen Mother and her interest in National Hunt racing entitled ‘Royal Champion’.
He began his journalism career in his home city of Cambridge before joining Hayter’s Sports Agency in 1967. He was also a sports columnist for the Sunday Mirror. His television presenting career began in 1968. Gary is President of the Lord’s Taverners in the West Midlands, a national patron of Deaf blind UK, Honorary Barker of the Variety Club of Great Britain and a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats. He was recently honoured by the City of Birmingham with his name added on the Walk of Stars in the city centre.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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