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