AUSTRALIAN commentator and iconic television journalist Mike Gibson has passed away aged 75.
Gibson, known as ‘Gibbo’ to those closest to him, was the host of Back Page from 1997 to 2012 alongside comedian Billy Birmingham.
Gibson later hosted the Saturday afternoon program Wide World of Sports alongside former Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell.
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The award-winning journalist lived on the NSW central cost.
RIP Mike Gibson, legendary sport journalist, broadcaster. Better at being a good bloke than most of us. — Adam Peacock (@adampeacock3) September 23, 2015
Sorry to hear of the death of Mike Gibson. He was the Aussie “Everyman”. Every show was like a good-natured chat over the barbie.
— Hugh Riminton (@hughriminton) September 23, 2015
Mike Gibson and Wide World of Sports was such an important part of my youth. Sad day that the legendary broadcaster has died. #RIPGibbo
— Shane Anderson (@Globalgallop) September 23, 2015
Very sad to hear of the passing of Mike Gibson. A truly wonderful writer and storyteller and a source of huge encouragement to young 1/2 — Ray Gatt (@Gatty54) September 23, 2015