Jim White has revealed that he is leaving Sky Sports News in order to pursue other media opportunities after a lengthy spell as the channel’s most recognisable presenter. The 64-year-old had established himself as the face of transfer deadline day, with his enthusiastic style of reporting and trademark yellow tie endearing him to football fans up and down the country.
White confirmed the news in a statement posted to his Twitter account on Friday afternoon which read: “After 23 years, it’s time to bid farewell to Sky Sports.
“After much thought and with a heavy heart I leave Sky Sports News – but what a journey it has been.
“To all the superb producers, assistant producers, directors and floor managers, a massive thank you. To my fellow presenters, thank you.
“Other media challenges lie ahead! Have presented every late shift on every Transfer Deadline Day – thanks for everything Harry!
“To everyone out there, keep watching the best sports news channel in the business. #YellowTieForSale.”
White is also well-known for his role as a radio host with talkSPORT, taking over presenting duties for the station’s morning programme from Colin Murray in 2016.
Speaking at the end of his final broadcast for Sky Sports News on Friday, the Scot said: “After 23 years here at Sky, I’m signing off.
“Thanks to everyone here, from camera people to producers, from directors to fellow presenters and reporters.
“Good luck to the Home Nations in the Euros, I’ll be at Hampden on Monday working on Scotland’s opening game. It’s been some 23 years!”
White’s announcement was met with well-wishes from a number of his Sky Sports colleagues, including Spanish football expert Guilliem Balague who posted a message of support on Twitter.
“Iconic Jim,” he wrote. “You understood things earlier than most. What a brilliant career you had at Sky. Meet you soon!”
Balague’s sentiments were echoed by former Sky Sports presenter Natalie Sawyer, who added: “Congratulations Jim on a super career at Sky! You’ll be missed but forever iconic!”
White began his career in journalism with STV’s flagship Scotland Today programme in 1979 before taking a role as the organisation’s sport reporter seven years later.
He went on to enjoy a ten-year stint as the main host of Scotsport before eventually joining Sky in 1998.
Sky Sports paid tribute to White in a message on their website, which read: “Jim White is leaving Sky Sports News after 23 years to focus on other media challenges.
“From interviewing Sir Alex Ferguson, Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, to the collapse of the European Super League, plus countless deadline day scoops, Jim has always been first with the breaking news.
“White donned his now-iconic yellow tie on every Transfer Deadline Day to become synonymous with Sky Sports News’ coverage.”
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