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Tributes paid to Saturday Sportsound broadcaster Adam Coates

Andy Watters

ADAM Coates, the former voice of BBC Northern Ireland sport, has passed away aged 76.

Scotland native Coates was best known for presenting Radio Ulster's Saturday Sportsound programme and was described as “a complete gentleman” by Jane Tohill, executive producer of BBC Sport NI.

“He was quick-witted and unflappable with a voice and style that was made for presenting, but at the same time he was completely unassuming,” she said.

“It was a privilege to work with him. Our thoughts and sympathy to his family and friends.”

BBC broadcaster Joel Taggart described Mr Coates as the “legendary voice of Sportsound”.

“A very sad day,” said Taggart on social media.

“Adam Coates, legendary voice of Sportsound has passed away. A pleasure to have listened to, an honour to have worked with.

Sportsound producer Brian Johnston added: “He was one of the old school. Started out in newspapers and branched out into broadcasting.

“He was one of the very few who were both great journalists and great broadcasters.

“Adam was the consummate professional. He never got flustered and I never saw him lose his temper, which when you are presenting a demanding four-hour programme, with a rookie producer in your ear is no mean feat.”

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