The “Voice of the Boro” Alastair Brownlee will be back in the commentary box next season, but this time as part of the BBC Tees team.
Middlesbrough-born Ali started his career at the former BBC Radio Cleveland back in 1982. He joined Century Radio in 1995 and has now spent the past 26 years commentating on the Boro for local radio.In 2006, Ali won the Gold Award at the New York Radio Festival for his sports coverage.
He says: “I’ve really enjoyed my time with Century Radio but couldn’t miss this opportunity to return to the BBC and the club I’ve supported all my life.I’ve reported on almost 1,500 games for Boro now and I’m looking forward to enjoying many more successful seasons with them – hopefully with some European action in the offing.”
After eight successful years commentating on Middlesbrough, Paul Addison will be leading a drive for more sports coverage than ever before at BBC Tees.
He says: “I’ve had a great time following the Boro, the highlights of which have been the Carling Cup Final win in Cardiff and the various treks across Europe that followed.
“With twice as many listeners on a Saturday afternoon as when I started, I’m really pleased with what we’ve accomplished and I’m looking forward to revamping and enhancing our sports output for next season.
“Once I’d made the decision to leave the commentary box, there really was only one person to take up the mic. Ali will be a real asset to the team and I can’t wait to hear him and Gary reunited on air.”