Keith Quinn joined the old New Zealand Broadcasting Service (NZBS) accounts department on leaving Wellington College in 1965, and has stayed with the organisation through it’s many changes and in a number of different roles, in both radio and television, ever since.
He made his television debut in 1968 in a local sports show before being transferred to Auckland where he worked at 1ZB Radio and TV2. In 1972 he began commentaries, covering his first test match in 1973 before transferring to Wellington to undertake full-time television work in 1975. 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.
After commentating his first Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, Keith later attended the Olympics in Montreal 1976, Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988. He has also covered the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch 1974, Edmonton 1978, Brisbane 1982, Edinburgh 1986, Auckland 1990 and Sydney 2004.
Travelling as television commentator Keith has been involved in many full All Black rugby tours and has commentated on television hundreds of All Black tests and tour games, both for teams in New Zealand and abroad. He has also commentated rugby on TV in USA, Canada, Italy, Spain, Fiji and Hong Kong as well as commentating to Television New Zealand on the first Rugby World Cup final in Auckland in 1987.
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, it’s players and statistics. He has won numerous National TV Sports Journalist awards and is recognised for his work on radio.
Keith was dropped from the All Black’s commentary team, only to be recalled later by public demand. Keith returned to commentating in 1997 after six months off work with a serious illness. Since then his career and knowledge of sport continues to grow from strength to strength. Keith Quinn’s broadcasting career is simply quite exceptional.
Not limited to the spoken word, Keith is also a prolific writer and has written many articles that have been published around the world and authored seven books on rugby and sporting matters.