Keith Macklin

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Keith Macklin (19 January 1931 – 1 August 2009) was a British journalist, author, broadcaster and sports commentator.[1]

He began his career with the BBC in the north of England, where he commentated on rugby league for the North of England Home Service in the 1950s and 1960s.[2] These broadcasts are largely unrecorded on the BBC Genome Project as it mainly uses the London edition of Radio Times and only has skeleton listings for the other regional Home Services. Genome does list an array of BBC work including contributions to Woman's Hour when it was broadcast from the north, much presentation work on religious programmes including Songs of Praise and Sunday Half Hour, and a stint as presenter of Rugby Special (usually covering rugby union), national coverage of rugby league for BBC Radio 2, a TV series of hospital visits entitled A Spoonful of Sugar in 1967/8 and a Sport of the Day Saturday BBC2 series in 1965.[3]

In 1969, he was the first presenter of the BBC programme Pot Black, and shortly afterwards he joined Yorkshire Television as a football commentator, where he would remain until 1976. He also commentated on the 1974 World Cup for the ITV network, covering the only match ever played between the West & East German national sides, and presented the religious series Junior Sunday Quiz for YTV. Subsequently, he worked for Red Rose Radio and reappeared as a reporter for ITV's The Goal Rush in 2001.

His works include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shenton, Kenneth (2009-10-01). "Keith Macklin obituary". guardian.co.uk. London. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  2. ^ Many issues of the Northern edition of Radio Times, including the 13-19 May 1961 issue where he is listed commentating on the Rugby League Challenge Cup final
  3. ^ Genome listings