Bruce McAvaney retires from AFL commentating


Australia’s best-known sporting commentator is reducing his workload

Bruce McAvaney retires from AFL commentating (image – 7 News)

His voice is recognisable with sporting fixtures from AFL to Horse Racing to the Olympics, but Bruce McAvaney has decided to reduce his workload from 2021.

Speaking on 7 News tonight, the TV legend said:

“I felt like I got to a stage in my career where I had to reduce my workload,

What’s unclear is why Bruce didn’t announce the decision last year, which would have allowed a fitting farewell from the game he loves most.

“I’m going to have to move on and just be a fan like everybody else”, says a reflecting Bruce.

His final game was the grand final last year between Richmond and Geelong after a career that started in 1978 at Channel 7 in Adelaide. In 2017 Bruce was diagnosed with Leukemia which he is still managing, but he is insistent his career is not over yet:

“It’s not anything close to retirement, it’s just a new phase where I cut back slightly and anything I’m asked to do at Seven I’m going to do with the same enthusiasm and same commitment”

Sources tell TV Blackbox James Brayshaw is now the favourite to replace Bruce in AFL commentary while Hamish McLachlan will continue to host the coverage.

Bruce will continue to be heard on Racing and Olympics coverage.

Robert McKnight
"Leading TV commentator" - The Daily Telegraph | "Known for his impeccable sources in the TV industry" - The Daily Mail | "Always first with the correct info" - Beau Ryan | Robert McKnight is a highly regarded Australian Television Producer having worked at SEVEN, NINE and TEN during his 25 years in the industry. Publicly he is most well-known for creating and producing STUDIO 10 but has worked on SUNRISE, THE MORNING SHOW plus other prime time productions in addition to creating award-winning news campaigns for both 7NEWS and 9NEWS. Currently, Rob is the host and producer of the TV BLACKBOX, MCKNIGHT TONIGHT and MONSTERS WHO MURDER podcasts plus host & executive producer of the video streaming show THE ANJ, ROB & ROBBO SHOW.



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