Spencer Jolly began his television career in Dunedin, reporting for 60s magazine show Town and Around. He went on to work on election night coverage, Dunedin’s South Tonight, and Fair Go. Jolly moved to Brisbane in the late 70s, and in 1986 began a 27 year stint as a political reporter for Nine News. When he retired in 2013, Nine managing director Kylie Blucher argued Queensland hadn’t seen a better political reporter.
He covered the tumult of Queensland politics without fear or favour and broke exclusive stories throughout his long and distinguished career with Nine News. He is trusted absolutely by politicians of all political persuasions to keep confidences and is regarded for his fair, straight-down-the-middle reporting. Mike Dalton, Director of Nine News Queensland, June 2013