Keith Quinn

The "Voice of Rugby"

Keith Quinn’s broadcasting career is simply quite exceptional. Keith worked for NZBC – TVNZ from January 1965 and for ONE World of Sport from 1975 until 2007 - a total of 42 years service. From 2007 he became a freelance broadcaster/writer.

He made his first rugby commentaries on radio in 1971 and on television in 1972. His first rugby test was England v New Zealand from Eden Park in 1973.

New Zealand’s most respected rugby commentator, he has travelled with the All Blacks on numerous tours since 1974. He has also been invited to broadcast the Hong Kong Sevens for Hong Kong TVB each year since 1986 and has a tremendous knowledge of the game, its players and statistics. He has won numerous national TV Sports Journalist awards and is recognised for his work on radio.

Keith has also been involved with broadcasting at eight Summer Olympic Games, ten Commonwealth Games and he has attended three Paralympic Games (in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008). He has also attended all seven Rugby World Cup tournaments.

Keith has received several honours; most notably in 1997 when he was made MNZM (Member of the NZ Order of Merit) in the Queen's Honours List. In 2004 he was awarded an IOC (International Olympic Committee) 'Sports and Media' award for his reporting of Olympic events. In 2006, Keith was awarded NZ Communicator of the Year from Auckland Toastmasters and in 2010 the NZRU (New Zealand Rugby Union) awarded him the Steinlager Salver Award for long service in the reporting of rugby.

But Keith is not limited to the spoken word. He is also a prolific writer and columnist, published in magazines and newspapers around the world, and is the author of 13 books on rugby and sporting matters.