Retired broadcaster Tony Charlton, best known for calling major sports events, died at his home on Monday morning after suffering from bowel cancer.
He was 83.
Charlton’s career spanned some 60 years, calling major sporting events including the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, Australian Rules football, tennis, motor racing and golf.
He began in radio in 1949 and later worked for Channel Seven, Channel Nine and the ABC.
He commentated the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, and was involved in the first live telecast of a VFL game in 1957.
“Tony Charlton was a high quality broadcaster, who mixed both superb oratory and commentary skills with an ability to break news and tell the stories of our game,” AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said in a statement.
He was awarded an OAM in 1990, an AM in 2003, is an inductee in the Australian Football and Sport Australia halls of fame and was awarded the Australian Olympic Committee Order of Merit in 2008.