John McBeth was born in Kurow - Richie McCaw territory- and grew up in Timaru where he began his broadcasting career on leaving school. That means he’s been in the broadcasting business for over 40 years!
He called his first rugby game from Carisbrook when he was living in Dunedin in the 1970s and later became New Zealand’s top radio commentator.
In 1987, at the inaugural Rugby World Cup, McBeth was the commentator for all the All Black matches including the final against France. He hopes that this year he will no longer be the only person to have commentated on the All Blacks winning the Webb Ellis Trophy.
His sports broadcasting resume looks quite impressive- he’s been to every Rugby World Cup.
Last year he went to the Delhi Commonwealth Games- his 7th.
He was first selected for an Olympic Games assignment in 1980, and will go to his 8th in London next year.
He has also been to the forefront of the TV coverage during New Zealand’s America’s Cup campaigns and has been the TV front person for four such regattas.
Set free by TVNZ four years ago, he is a freelance operator now and is in demand as a guest speaker and master of ceremonies, while continuing with some rugby commentary on SKY’s rugby channel through college rugby.