English sports reporter who has presented over 4,500 football matches for TV.
From the age of four, Richard Keys had a passion for football, ever since his father took him to watch Coventry City play Swansea Town in old Third Division South. He went to school at Whitley Abbey comprehensive school, in which he was head boy.
Richard’s career started in London in 1976 when he began working for the Fleet Street Sports Agency (HAYTER’s) until 1978.
He later moved to Liverpool and worked in Radio City as a football commentator. In 1982, he moved to Manchester to work in Piccadilly Radio as Sports editor and Football commentator. In 1984, Keys, accompanied by close friend Syd Sellerby moved back to London, where he joined the ITV network as the main anchor at the breakfast show called TV-am.
He presented Sky Sports coverage of Premier League football from the league’s inception in 1992 and was the presenter of the flagship Super Sunday and also presented Sky’s Monday Night Football, which coincided with Sky gaining rights for the UEFA Champions League. Later he fronted all of Sky Sports Champions league coverage.
Keys has later joined talkSPORT radio, presenting on Saturday evenings. Later in 2011, Keys returned to television broadcasting launching the boxing channel Boxnation with boxing promoter Frank Warren.
In 2012, Richard Keys and Andy Gray received the best sports programme prize for their talkSPORT show at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.
Keys and Geoff Shreeves have helped to raise money for Nordoff-Robbins (A musical charity for Children with Autism). In addition Richard and his wife Julia Keys are patrons for the Willow Foundation a charity for people with special needs, founded by the former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, in memory of his late daughter Anna.
In June 2013 Al Jazeera agreed a contract with Richard Keys and Andy Gray. They both present from Doha in Qatar and present football including the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup. Coverage started for the 2013-14 season whilst they continued to present their TalkSport show from Qatar.