Commentator Tony Gubba dies

Tony Gubba, who worked as a commentator on BBC sport and Dancing On Ice, has died aged 69, following a short illness.

Torvill and Dean pay tribute to commentator

Dancing on Ice judges Torvill and Dean.
Dancing on Ice judges Torvill and Dean. Credit: Geoff Kirby/EMPICS Entertainment

Dancing On Ice stars Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have paid tribute to commentator Tony Gubba, who died today aged 69, following a short illness.

In a joint statement, they said: "Tony was a dear friend, a wonderful man and much loved by all.

"It's been an absolute pleasure to work with him over the last eight years, he was always so professional and brought a real sense of fun to Dancing On Ice.

"We will miss him greatly and our hearts go out to his family at this sad time."

Tributes flood in for broadcaster Tony Gubba

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So sad to hear about the passing of Tony Gubba. Great bloke. Great broadcaster. Big help to me. RIP Tony

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Very sad to hear about Tony Gubba - a superb commentator on so many sports. RIP.

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So sad to hear about Tony Gubba! Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

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Gubba was 'one of the original probing reporters'

BBC sport commentator John Motson has paid an emotional tribute to Tony Gubba, the commentator, who died today aged 69, following a short illness.

Tony was a great friend and colleague for over 40 years and I shall miss him greatly.

He was one of the original probing reporters - never afraid to ask a difficult question.

Philip Bernie, the BBC's head of TV Sport, added that Gubba was "an outstanding sports journalist and a formidable broadcaster".

For a generation he was one of the most familiar and respected names in sports broadcasting.

Tony was an outstanding sports journalist and a formidable broadcaster, whose death will sadden everyone at BBC Sport.

As well as working on winter and summer Olympics since 1972, and being a Match of the Day regular for over 30 years, Tony worked on a huge range of sports during his time at the BBC, always displaying his trademark tenacious, single minded approach.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and closest friends.

– Philip Bernie, the BBC's head of TV Sport

Read: More on Tony Gubba's career as a commentator.

Gary Lineker 'deeply saddened' by Gubba death

Math of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has described Tony Gubba as "one of the great voices of football" following the commentator's death.

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Deeply saddened to hear that Tony Gubba has passed away. One of the great voices of football who graced MOTD for so many years. #RIPTONY

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Very sad to hear of the passing of Tony Gubba. One of the great sports commentary voices.

Colleagues praise 'iconic, smashing' Tony Gubba

Tony Gubba's colleagues in the media have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the commentator, who has died aged 69.

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So sad to hear that Tony Gubba has passed away. An iconic voice from my childhood & someone I had the pleasure of working with

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Such sad news about Tony Gubba. I did a lot of games for Sky that he did for MOTD - he was always good company, and very helpful to me...

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Very sad to hear of passing of Tony Gubba, a terrific broadcaster and smashing chap. Another memory from my youth fades

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Schofield's tribute to 'kind, dedicated & talented' Gubba

Dancing on Ice presenter Phillip Schofield has tweeted his tribute to Tony Gubba, who commentated on the show:

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It's with the saddest of hearts that I tweet the news that our dear friend Tony Gubba has passed away. We were all aware how poorly he was..

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but this is very sudden and is a dreadful to everyone who knew & loved him. A genuinely delightful, kind, dedicated & talented man....

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All my love and condolences to his family. I'm so glad I had the privilege of working with him & getting to know him

Tony Gubba – a major sports event veteran

Sports presenter Tony Gubba, who has died aged 69, was a veteran of major sports events and fronted several high-profile TV shows.

He commentated on every Olympic Games, winter and summer, from 1972 to 2012 and every football World Cup from 1974 to 2006.

His experience was tested to the core when he covered a match involving Romania at the 1998 World Cup - it became a challenge to identify the players after the entire team dyed their hair blond before the group game against Tunisia.

He spent much of his career with the BBC – where he fronted Match of the Day, Sportsnight and Grandstand - and worked as a commentator on ITV’s Dancing On Ice since it launched in 2006.