Malick Jones, a distinguished figure in the world of broadcasting, died on Tuesday 30th January 2024, in the Gambia, leaving behind a legacy marked by a resonant voice and an illustrious career. The news of his demise was confirmed by his grieving family.
Jones, whose distinctive voice became synonymous with football commentary, rose to prominence as one of the top football commentators in Gambia. His talent earned him prestigious contracts, including coverage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with BBC and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar for Qatari radio.
Commencing his broadcasting journey in 1980 at Radio Gambia, Jones steadily ascended through the ranks, showcasing his versatility as an announcer, producer, senior producer, and principal producer. In recognition of his contributions, he assumed the role of deputy director general of The Gambia Radio and Television Services in 2011.
His leadership and dedication were further acknowledged when he took on the position of acting director general in 2012. In February 2013, he was appointed deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure, solidifying his impact on the media landscape.
Even after his official roles, Jones continued to contribute to the field as a media and public relations consultant, leaving an indelible mark on both journalism and football commentary. His extensive experience and passion for the industry made him a respected figure among peers and fans alike.
Malick Jones, was laid to rest at the Jeshwang Cemetery in the evening of his demise. His demise is mourned not only by his family but also by a nation that benefited from his unparalleled contributions to the realm of media and sports commentary.