Speakers Profile - Ken Sutcliffe

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Ken Sutcliffe began his broadcasting career in 1966 in his hometown of Mudgee. After four years as a sports presenter/reporter and disc jockey on Mudgee and later Young radio, Ken joined CBN-8 Orange as a newsreader.

He then moved to North Queensland for eight years where he performed general television duties in Townsville and Cairns.

Ken joined TCN-9 in 1979 as an offsider to Ron Casey, producing and presenting feature spots on "World Of Sport".

He began presenting sport on Nine News -- a position he still holds -- in 1982 and later that year began filling in as co-host on Wide World of Sports and the Today Show.

After seven years with Wide World of Sports, Ken spent a year in 1988 as co-host of Graham Kennedy's late night news programme. He then took over from Mike Gibson as host of Wide World of Sport in 1989. Prior to that Ken spent a year hosting and reporting on the America's Cup defence in Fremantle.

During his time with Wide World of Sports, Ken travelled many miles for the Nine Network. He was in Los Angeles in 1984 for the Summer Olympics while the Winter Olympics took him to Calgary in 1988, to Albertville, France, in '92 and to Lillehammer in '94.

He has also hosted three Commonwealth Games for the network: Brisbane in 1982, Auckland in 1990 and Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

In addition he has presented the Wimbledon and US Open Tennis Championships for more than a decade and was also in Augusta Georgia in 1997 to host the Masters telecast when Tiger Woods broke through for his historic victory.

Ken has also hosted Rugby League Grand Finals and the State of Origin series, as well as the US Open Golf, the Pan Pacific and Olympic swimming trials plus the World Swimming Championships in Japan and The Brisbane Goodwill Games. Ken was also part of the hosting team for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

His love of sport dates back to his Mudgee childhood which saw him enthusiastically playing tennis, rugby union, rugby league, swimming and basketball.