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He attended Culford School near Bury St Edmunds (in the same year as John Motson) and upon leaving school he became a junior reporter in Cambridge and then a freelance Fleet Street journalist reporting on tennis and rugby union. He began his television career at Westward TV in the 1960s, and then as an ATV sports reporter for their ATV Today programme in the early 1970s. The continuing illness of his boss, Controller of Sports Billy Wright, the former England football captain meant that he and a small team - including Trevor East - had to carry out Wright's functions whilst covering up the extent of his ill-health. He himself later became Controller of Sports (West Midlands) for ATV and, later, Central Television, Newbon reported on football and hosted boxing and darts programmes for the ITV network, whilst hosting sports coverage on ATV and Central, while also presenting sports reports on the regional news programmes and performing his executive role. Newbon conducted post-match interviews, including a memorable exchange with Brian Clough after Nottingham Forest had lost 4-0 to Everton, when Newbon's question about Forest's lack of commitment was replied to with "Because they're just like you and me, Gary - a bunch of pansies", after which Clough kissed Newbon on the cheek and walked off. Newbon sparked a controversy in 1983 when he appeared to show two fingers to the QPR manager.
Now retired from ITV after 36 years, he is currently a Sky Sports presenter. He hosted the football phone-in show You're On Sky Sports, which is usually scheduled immediately after the evening's main game. He hosts live greyhound racing on Sky Sports as well as Time of Our Lives.
In 2004 he presented a phone-in show on UK national radio station talkSPORT, "Final Whistle", which was broadcast on Saturdays between 5.00pm and 8.00pm after the day's league fixtures. The show is now presented by Terry Christian and Micky Quinn.
But Newbon is back on talkSPORT with weekend breakfast programmes from August 2008
He became well known as a roving reporter for ITV Sport, especially in obtaining match reactions from players in the tunnels during UEFA Champions League games. His role was later filled by Gabriel Clarke.
After his ITV Sport reporter job, Gary joined up with Central Television and became the Central Sports reporter on Central's flagship news programme Central News at Six, before being replaced by Sarah Jane Mee and Matt Teale in 2005. He also led the ITV Sport team at his time at Central, during which they won various awards for their UEFA Champions League, Formula One coverage and sports documentaries.
Gary subsequently returned to Central's screens as a pundit on Central Soccer Night in 2005 before moving to his current job at Sky Sports.
Newbon is a Leicester City fan and was seen wearing a Leicester shirt when he was ordered to Tamworth F.C. after saying on Central Soccer Night that Tamworth would not progress to the FA Cup 2nd Round, which Tamworth in fact did, and which ended up seeing Newbon at the Lamb Ground having kicked at him in jest.
Gary and his wife Katie live in Solihull. They have three children: Clare Newbon, a journalist for Grazia magazine; Neil Newbon, an actor who has had numerous film and television appearances, including an appearance as an English waiter in the award winning British comedy Goodness Gracious Me, and a film role acting opposite Stephen Fry; and Lawrence Newbon, twin brother of Neil.
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