John McBeth's commentating career began after injuries put paid to his senior rugby playing days. He became Radio New Zealand's lead rugby commentator in 1985 and took that position at TVNZ in 1992. With his trademark sense of humour never far away, he has covered Olympic and Commonwealth Games and America's Cup yachting along with many other sports.

You have to be very patient with people. For them it’s a hobby but for me it’s my job as well as my hobby. It is almost all time consuming. But I love it. John McBeth in The Evening Post, 15 May 1992


2019, As: Himself - Television

Inside Outward Bound - The New Zealand Journey

2011, Subject - Film

Asian Games

2010, Commentator - Television

Volvo Ocean Race

2012, Presenter - Television

Black to the Future: The Team New Zealand Story

2000, Narrator - Television

Gillette Sports Fix

1999, Presenter - Television

Via Satellite

1998, As: Swimming Commentator - Film

The first movie written and directed by playwright Anthony McCarten is a portrait of a family melting down under the media spotlight. The comedy/drama stars Danielle Cormack in two roles — as a swimmer on the cusp of Olympic glory, and as the twin sister back home, looking on as her family descends into spats and bickering as they find the pressure to perform too much to bear. Via Satellite showcases a topline cast, including Tim Balme, Rima Te Wiata, and a scene-stealing and heavily-pregnant Jodie Dorday, who won an NZ TV and Film Award for her work.


1991, Presenter - Television

America's Cup

1995 - 2007, Presenter, Commentator - Television

Rugby World Cup

1995 - 2003, Presenter, Commentator - Television

Commonwealth Games

1990 - 2010, Commentator - Television

Paralympic Games

1994 - 2010, Reporter, Commentator - Television

Olympic Games

1996 - 2012, Commentator - Television