Is Keith Quinn NZ dead? Legendary sports broadcaster & author on death hoax

Keith Quinn NZ

Keith Quinn Death Hoax – Reports speculating on the internet on Thursday the 23rd of February 2023 claim that Legendary sports broadcaster & author Keith Quinn MNZM has passed away. Many social media users were hesitant to believe the news because it came from an unreliable source. However, this rumour was false. Keith Quinn MNZM is very much alive and well.

Keith Quinn’s early life

Keith Quinn MNZM was born on the 1st of September 1946 in Te Kuiti, New Zealand. Quinn attended Wellington College until the age of 17, when he left to join the state broadcaster, the NZBC, as a cadet in 1965. Quinn made his radio debut at the final British Lions tour test in 1971 (the New Zealand v British Isles 4th test on 1ZB) and his television debut in 1973, a year after the NZ Rugby Football Union first permitted live telecasts of rugby games.


His first test rugby call for TVNZ came in 1973 when New Zealand faced England at Eden Park. Keith Quinn’s broadcasting career is simply outstanding. Keith worked for NZBC – TVNZ from January 1965 to 2007 and ONE World of Sport from 1975 to 2007. He began working as a freelance broadcaster/writer in 2007.

He began commentating on rugby on the radio in 1971 and on television in 1972. England vs. New Zealand at Eden Park in 1973 was his first rugby test. He has accompanied the All Blacks on numerous tours since 1974 and is New Zealand’s most respected rugby commentator. Since 1986, he has been invited to broadcast the Hong Kong Sevens for Hong Kong TVB and has a vast knowledge of the game, its players, and statistics.

He has received numerous national TV Sports Journalist awards as well as recognition for his radio work. Keith has also worked as a broadcaster at eight Summer Olympic Games, ten Commonwealth Games, and three Paralympic Games (in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008).

Honours and award

In addition, he has attended all seven Rugby World Cup tournaments. Keith has received several honours, the most notable being MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) in the Queen’s Honours List in 1997. He received an IOC (International Olympic Committee) ‘Sports and Media’ award in 2004 for his coverage of Olympic events.

Keith was named NZ Communicator of the Year by Auckland Toastmasters in 2006, and the NZRU (New Zealand Rugby Union) honoured him with the Steinlager Salver Award for long service in rugby reporting in 2010. Keith, on the other hand, is not limited to the spoken word. He is also a prolific writer and columnist, having had his work published in magazines and newspapers all over the world, and is the author of 13 books on rugby and sports.

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