Tony Gubba – born 23 September 1943 – was a journalist and television sports commentator.
Gubba joined the BBC as a sports correspondent, based in Liverpool. His first Olympic Games as a commentator with the BBC was in 1972, and he covered every World Cup tournament from 1974 to 2006.
In 1972, he was given the job of presenting the popular Sportsnight show, a post he held until 1975.
After leaving Sportsnight, Gubba moved on to commentate on a range of sports for the BBC. He made regular appearances on Match of the Day, frequently acted as stand-in presenter on Grandstand and the occasional return to Sportsnight, live international football matches and FA Cup matches.
This was the era when John Motson and Barry Davies were the BBC’s senior commentators so Gubba rarely got to commentate on games at the highest level, but notable matches he covered were the 1986 World Cup semi-final between France and West Germany, the 1992 Olympic Final, the 1996 Charity Shield and the 2007 League Cup final.
He also commentated on ice-skating, hockey, table tennis, bobsleigh, ski jumping, speed skating, cycling, rowing, judo, golf and tennis and was the main presenter of the BBC’s coverage of the World Darts Championship from 1984-1990.
Gubba had commentated on all eight series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice from 2006–13. He provided a round-up of the performances and trivia about the celebrities and their skating partners. His last Dancing On Ice commentary was heard on 17 February 2013.
Sports presenter Tony Gubba has died at the age of 69, following a short illness. He spent much of his career with the BBC, where he worked on Match of the Day, Sportsnight and Grandstand. Tony covered every Olympic Games, both summer and winter, from…