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Ken Sutcliffe OAM (born 15 November 1947) is a retired Australian sporting journalist and radio and television personality.

Ken Sutcliffe

Born (1947-11-15) 15 November 1947 (age 71)
ResidenceSydney, Australia
Other namesThe Male Model from Mudgee,[1] Kenny, Kenny Sutcliffe
OccupationRetired sports broadcaster
Years active1966-2016
Known forWide World of Sports
Nine News
Spouse(s)Anne Sutcliffe
ChildrenRachael, Simone, Scott[2]



Sutcliffe was born in Oberon, New South Wales and grew up in Mudgee. He started his radio career in 1966 in Mudgee, followed by a stint as a general announcer at 2LF Young, and began work on television as a newsreader on local station CBN-8 Orange.[3] He joined TNQ-7 in Townsville during the mid-1970s, before joining TCN-9 in 1979, appearing on World of Sport with Ron Casey.

He became the sports presenter on TCN-9 Sydney's evening news in 1982 [4] and remained in that role until his retirement and final Nine News sports report on 8 December 2016 (34 years).

He was a long-time host of the Nine Network's Wide World of Sports productions, initially joining the programme in 1982. After a year as a co-host on Graham Kennedy's late night news programme in 1988, he rejoined WWOS as host in 1989.

During his time with Wide World of Sports and Nine News, Sutcliffe hosted coverage of and reported on the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles (1984) and London (2012), the America's Cup defence in Fremantle (1987), and the Winter Olympics in Calgary (1988), Albertville (1992), Lillehammer (1994) and Vancouver (2010).[4]

He also hosted four Commonwealth Games for the network: Brisbane in 1982, Auckland in 1990, Kuala Lumpur in 1998, and Melbourne in 2006.

In addition he presented Wimbledon for 20 years, the US Open Tennis Championships for more than a decade, and was in Augusta, Georgia in 1997 hosting the Masters telecast when Tiger Woods broke through for his historic victory (he also hosted eight other Masters telecasts).

Sutcliffe 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.

In 2014, he was awarded Australian Sports Commission Media Award for Lifetime Achievement.

On 2 November 2016, Sutcliffe announced he would retire from his role as Nine News sports editor and Nine News Sydney sport presenter at the end of the year. He was replaced by Cameron Williams.[5]

Sutcliffe was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours for "service to the broadcast media, particularly to television".[6]

Other mediaEdit


Sutcliffe published a book of memoirs in 2009, The Wide World of Ken Sutcliffe.[7]

The Twelfth ManEdit

He was a featured character in The Twelfth Man's comedy productions, with the story-line being that he was the most handsome of the WWOS and Commentary Team presenters — the "male model from Mudgee", sighed over by the wives of Richie Benaud and Max Walker. Sutcliffe (his main rival) is kidnapped by Walker as the latter tries to rejoin the Commentary Team.[1] The only voice Billy Birmingham did not do himself was that of Sutcliffe — it was Sutcliffe himself who voiced his character.[8]


  1. ^ a b Birmingham, Billy. "Max Walker dies, 12th Man tribute: Billy Birmingham says goodbye to Big Maxy". Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Ken Sutcliffe". ICMI Speakers & Entertainers. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Ken Sutcliffe". Celebrity Speakers. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Ken Sutcliffe". Nine Network Australia. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  5. ^ Styles, Aja. "Nine News sports presenter Ken Sutcliffe announces retirement". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Kenneth Sutcliffe". Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  7. ^ Sutcliffe, Ken; Heads, Ian (2009). The Wide World of Ken Sutcliffe. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 9781741757903.
  8. ^ "The 12th Man v Warney". YouTube. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
Media offices
Preceded by
Nine News Sydney
Sport presenter (Sun-Thurs)

1982 - 2016
Succeeded by
Cameron Williams