Gary Newbon has been a broadcaster for 49 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, You Are On Sky Sports, live Boxing and Darts. His new series will be The Big Interview.
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 made his name with interviews in European Champions League, the Big Match and ITV’s Big Fight transmissions. His regular and memorable interviewees included the late Brian Clough, Sir Alex Ferguson and Chris Eubank.
He has been an accomplished and experienced MC, host and after dinner speaker at both corporate and sporting events throughout his career.
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 with Gary on ATV in 1980 together with other top presenters including Andy Gray, Andy Townsend, Manish Bhasin (BBC) and Sarah-Jane Mee (Sky Sports). 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 where he made his mark in radio as a regular host on Talksport for nine years.
He was producer of the acclaimed 1987 ITV documentary on the Queen Mother and her interest in National Hunt racing entitled ‘Royal Champion’.
Gary 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.
He is President of the Lord’s Taverners in the West Midlands, a former patron of Deafblind UK, Honorary Barker of the Variety Club of Great Britain and a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats. He was honoured by the City of Birmingham with his name added to the Walk of Stars.
He is a co-company director of Prime Ticket Productions Limited engaged in independent broadcasting and television production. Gary is also an Ambassador for Eventmasters Limited and Hotel du Vin Birmingham.