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Max Robertson

Max Robertson

(1915 – 2009)

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Max Robertson

Max Robertson
(1915 – 2009)

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Max Robertson

(1915 – 2009)
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This is a tribute to Max Robertson. Max Robertson was a sports commentator, radio and television presenter and author. He is best remembered for his forty years of tennis coverage on BBC Radio.
He was born in Dacca, Bengal but moved to England when he was seven years old, he then attended Haileybury, the independent school. In 1935 he left Clare College, Cambridge for an expedition to Papua New Guinea. Afterwards he spent a few years in Sydney, where he worked as a schoolmaster. In 1937 Robertson gained his first job in broadcasting with ABC. The first main tennis event he covered was the final of the Australian Open between Vivian McGrath and Jack Bromwich.
Robertson returned to England in 1939 and spent
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the war years in the army. He joined the BBC in 1946, covering not only tennis but also athletics, swimming, skiing and even sports he had no genuine interest in, like motor racing.
His style of commentary was much livelier than what BBC listeners were used to in the pre-war years. It gained him enough popularity for BBC staff to give him other assignments. In 1953 Robertson became the first regular host of Panorama, which was not originally the heavyweight current affairs programme it became. He was also a commentator at major news events like the funeral of King George VI in 1952 and the coronation of his daughter a year later. From 1965 to 1977 he presented the antiques programme Going for a Song.
During
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his long career Robertson made the occasional blooper. In the early 80's he was watching a Mens' Doubles match at Wimbledon, and was so impressed by the play of Peter Fleming and John McEnroe that he asked: "Who are they going to play in the final? Do we know yet?" To which his astonished colleague replied: "This is the final..."
Robertson also wrote a number of books, mainly about sports and antiques, his best known work probably being "Wimbledon 1877-1977." He retired in 1986 after describing Boris Becker's second Wimbledon victory: "Beckermania forever! Becker the Boy King last year, now King Emperor...".
He lived in The Channel Islands at the end of his life, and was married to the children's author
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and creator of the Wombles, Elisabeth Beresford.
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Max Robertson

This is a tribute to Max Robertson. Max Robertson was a sports commentator, radio and television presenter and author. He is best remembered for his forty years of tennis coverage on BBC Radio.
He was born in Dacca, Bengal but moved to England when he was seven years old, he then attended Haileybury, the independent school. In 1935 he left Clare College, Cambridge for an expedition to Papua New Guinea. Afterwards he spent a few years in Sydney, where he worked as a schoolmaster. In 1937 Robertson gained his first job in broadcasting with ABC. The first main tennis event he covered was the final of the Australian Open between Vivian McGrath and Jack Bromwich.
Robertson returned to England in 1939 and spent...

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