Sports commentator David Oates dies aged 50
4 February 2013
David Oates. who has died aged 50 after a short illness, had worked primarily as a BBC sports journalist covering football and rugby league for 25 years before becoming a freelance radio journalist two years ago.
A devoted Blackpool fan, his death has shocked colleagues and friends across the sporting community.
Richard Burgess, head of radio sport at the BBC, said:
"Everyone at BBC Radio Sport is in shock at this terrible news. David was a trusted and much-loved colleague who provided many years of loyal service to the BBC.
"His enthusiasm for commentating and reporting on football and rugby league was boundless – we will all remember with great affection his love of Blackpool FC in particular. To lose him at such a relatively young age is a tragedy."