Daniel Jonathon Lobb (“Dan Lobb”), born 7 January 1972, is a British television sports presenter and a former tennis player. He is a former presenter on Sky Sports and GMTV and is now Sports Editor for ITV’s weekday breakfast show Daybreak.
Lobb grew up just outside Winchester, Hampshire.
Lobb attended school and Peter Symonds College in Winchester, where he studied Biology, Chemistry and Economics, before accepting a tennis scholarship to the University of Tennessee in the USA. He was named as an All-American (for tennis) and graduated from the school of Business with high honours. After coaching at various tennis clubs in London, Lobb played professionally for three years reaching a British ranking of 18 in 1997. After retiring in 1998 he combined coaching and modelling for three years as well as getting involved in sports PR and marketing in London.
In 2001 Lobb started part-time work at a local cable station assisting the sports producer before being given the opportunity to present a live show. From there he moved on to Channel 5 News and was offered a contract by Sky Sports in January 2002, presenting mostly on Sky Sports News.
In October 2007, he began presenting The Club on Sky Poker, a humorous magazine show based around Poker. He presented with Matt Broughton.
On 30 December 2008 during a live Sky Sports News programme, Lobb was co-presenting with Simon Thomas when it was revealed that this would be Lobb’s final appearance on the channel. Thomas thanked Lobb for his 7 year service and joked that he was “still the only presenter to have beat Tim Henman – as he has liked to remind us over 400 times!” (This was in reference to Lobbs professional tennis career). Lobb was clearly emotional and was unable to verbally respond while the programme went to commercials and his Sky Sports News career ended.
In May 2009, Dan became a sports presenter on Sky News.
Lobb became GMTV’s sports correspondent in January 2010. He then became sports editor on the show’s replacement Daybreak from September 2010. Dan is also a relief presenter on Daybreak when Adrian Chiles is unable to present.