Very sad news, like Chippy Frilingos, he was very much a part of this sports fanatic growing up…R.I.P. ol turkey neck, that wobbly throat, distinctive voice and classic comb over will be missed
LEGENDARY sports commentator and journalist Mike Gibson has passed away aged 75.
“Gibbo” as he was affectionately known passed away this morning. He lived on the NSW Central Coast.
A multi-award winning journalist, Gibson hosted the popular Back Page programme from 1997 to 2012 alongside comedian Billy Birmingham who famously impersonated “Gibbo” in one of his early recordings “The Wired World of Sports.”
In his 16 years as host he recorded 720 episodes and missed only one.
Alongside former Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell, Gibson was the inaugural host of Saturday afternoon programme Wide World of Sports which propelled him to national fame following its launch in 1981.
Gibson was a well known figure on Sydney’s lower north shore.
His hangouts included the skiff club at Kirribilli, the Oaks at Neutral Bay and the Mosman Rowers.
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He loved horse racing and was a regular at the track.
At the Daily Telegraph he was a mentor to numerous journalists - from sport and news.
His love of sport was both endearing and engaging and he was a popular columnist and TV figure renown for his plain speaking.