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David Coleman obituary

The BBC's leading sports presenter for more than four decades

The death of David Coleman at the age of 87 signs off an already distant era when television broadcasts of Britain's national sporting events – the so-called "crown jewels" – were almost the sole and exclusive preserve of the BBC. Coleman was the very embodiment of that pre-eminence. As the corporation's champion sports presenter through much of the second half of the 20th century, he had an enthusiastic, knowing, taut professional style and a crisp, classless delivery that seemed all-pervading. In addition, he was the pathfinding master of ceremonies for such long-running regulars as Grandstand, Sportsnight and A Question of Sport.

In all, Coleman led the BBC's coverage at 16 Olympic games (summer and winter), five World Cup football tournaments and many Fa Cup finals and Grand National steeplechases. He realised that the knack of successful television commentary required both passion and brevity, as well as,

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