BREAKING NEWS: Martin Tyler WILL LEAVE his role as Premier League’s Sky Sports voice ahead of new season with 77-year-old the latest victim of broadcaster’s brutal cost-cutting
Iconic TV commentator Martin Tyler will step down from his role at Sky Sports ahead of the new Premier League season.
Tyler, whose 33-year stint with the broadcaster has come to an end, was seen by many as the voice of Sky Sports’ Premier League coverage and has become one of the most recognizable commentators in football history .
Mail Sport revealed on Friday that Sky Sports had laid off half of its football reporting team in a brutal cost-cutting exercise, with veteran interviewer Geoff Shreeves being asked to take a significant pay cut.
Sky’s other decisions were taken after a redundancy consultation in April, with six of their 13 football reporters made redundant, although some chose to go voluntarily and others were offered alternative roles.
Tyler was the lead commentator on Sky Sports’ flagship weekend show Super Sunday and has featured on other programs too – covering global events such as the Champions League, World Cup and Championships Europe for broadcasters in the United States and Australia.
Legendary TV commentator Martin Tyler will quit his role with Sky Sports
Tyler started at Sky Sports 33 years ago and has become one of the most recognizable voices in Premier League football history, commentating on Super Sunday as well as other programmes.
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It is understood the commentator is not retiring and left Sky Sports on good terms.
In a statement to Telegraph Sport, he said: “In my humble opinion, the huge company that Sky is today was born out of Sky Sports’ innovative and inspired coverage of the Premier League.” It has been a privilege to play a small part in the broadcast history of the biggest league in the world.
“Along the way, I have worked alongside legions of wonderful professionals in all aspects of the television industry. I thank them all for their support and expertise. It has been an honor to be part of a very talented team.’
Tyler’s most famous commentary moment came at the climax of the 2011-12 season, when Sergio Aguero scored Manchester City’s stoppage-time winner against QPR to snatch the Premier League title from rivals Manchester United in the final moments of the campaign.
His signature line after Aguero’s goal – “I swear you’ll never see something like that again!” So watch it – drink it – is still quoted today by a generation of football fans.
Sky Sports director of football Gary Hughes referenced some of those iconic moments in his statement on Friday.
It read: “Everyone at Sky Sports would like to thank Martin from the bottom of their hearts for his unparalleled contribution and dedication to our coverage over the past 30 years. “The Voice” will always be synonymous with the Premier League and Sky Sports.
Geoff Shreeves has been asked to take a major pay cut in order to stay at Sky Sports
Lynsey Hooper (left) and Bianca Westwood (right) have been dropped from Sky Sports roster
“When you think of the commentary, you think of Martin Tyler. ‘Collymore is getting closer’ [from Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Newcastle in 1996] and “Aguerrrrrroooooooooo” are two of the greatest moments in Premier League history. We thank him and wish him all the best for the future.
Due to Sky Sports’ cost cutting, experienced and respected journalists such as Guy Havord, Dickie Davis, Bianca Westwood, Greg Whelan, Lynsey Hooper and Jaydee Dyer will also not continue in their current roles.
Emma Saunders appears to be the only female journalist to survive the cull, along with David Craig, Patrick Davidson, Jonathan Oakes, Johnny Phillips and Luke Shanley.
Sky’s decision to withdraw half of their football reporting team will raise further questions over the future of their Soccer Saturday results programme, which is currently without a presenter after Jeff Stelling confirmed he was leaving for the end of the season. Sky declined to comment.