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A legend amongst sporting commentators.


Tim Lane is one of the most respected sporting commentators in Australia. He's been broadcasting and writing about sport for 46 years.

His starting point was an accidental introduction to football broadcasting in Devonport, Tasmania, in 1972. There followed a thirty-year career with the ABC, in Launceston, Hobart, and - from 1979 to 2003 - in Melbourne.

Current work

Tim has worked in commercial radio and television with the Ten Network and 3AW and he’s been a regular contributor to the sports pages of The Age and The Sunday Age.

In all, Tim has ‘called’ roughly 1500 VFL and AFL games, including 33 Grand Finals. He has broadcast well over a hundred Test matches, covered five Olympic Games, and seven Commonwealth Games. He’s also worked on sports as diverse as fencing, lawn bowls, motor racing, and golf. And, at one stage in his career, he even gained hands-on experience of the last of these by caddying for an Australian professional on the European Tour.

There hasn't been a major sporting event in this nation in the past quarter of a century, which hasn't had Tim's unique and distinct commentary style across it.

In so many ways his articulate commentary, thoughtful analysis and obvious passion for our games, most notably AFL, have seen him emerge as Australia's voice of sport.

Tim provided a valuable contribution to national forum's. Tim engaged audiences in each State, and provided many giggle's along the way. Commonwealth Bank

Tim's presentation was very engaging with many questions from the audience. He was very social at our event interacting with many of our guests.

Echuca Community for the Aged

Tim Lane was a wonderful speaker for our closing luncheon. He did a great job in wrapping up the conference on a high note.

The Meeting Planners

Very professional and accommodating to any last minute changes to the evening. Very strong speaker and held the room which I find a lot of MC’s struggle to do but Tim was exceptional.

Carlton Football Club

Tim Lane was very well received by the audience with excellent feedback from them on his role and comments. He captured the essence of the event with his own story, made people laugh and of course wove in football which always works at a Melbourne event.

McLure Witham

Tim was very accommodating with our specific requests and professional on the night.

Credit Suisse Management Australia

Thank you very much for your assistance as MC at the Credit Suisse Garden Party with Roger Federer. Although the weather gods were definitely against us, they did not manage to dampen the enthusiasm of our clients who all thoroughly enjoyed the event. There can be no doubt that their enjoyment was enhanced by the excellent job you performed as MC. We really do appreciate the time and effort you obviously took to prepare yourself for this event. That attention was evident in your presentation and the thoughtful range of questions you asked. I sensed you enjoyed the event as much as we did!

Credit Suisse, Australia

Tim was fantastic. Perfect complement to Catherine Freeman. Wonderful manner, and engaging with the audience and Cathy and helped her bring out those real moments and stories.

Toll Group
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