Tony Ward – Television All Rounder
We have included Tony in this section as well as under Authors and Journalists (read more) because of his significant role as an actor. in the early days of Australian television.
Chris Warren – Sports Commentator (1988)
Chris Warren (born 1 September 1970) is an Australian television presenter/producer and former professional rugby league footballer. He is the son of Australian Sports Commentator Ray Warren, best known as the “voice” of Rugby League.
He was brought up in Sydney attending Marist Brothers Parramatta where he gained his Higher School Certificate and later became a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in marketing.
Warren played seven seasons in the NSWRL and ARL after making his debut for Western Suburbs Magpies in 1990. He was a Parramatta junior and played in their winning SG Ball side of 1986. Was also captain of NSW CCC at under 15 and Open age but missed out on making the Australia Schoolboys side in 1988. He was a foundation member of the Western Reds squad in 1995, but never made an appearance in first grade for the club. He retired from playing in 1997 and joined Tennis West as their Marketing Manager before heading to the UK in 1998.
Television & Radio career
Warren left Australia to join satellite television channel Sky Sports’ Rugby League team in the United Kingdom in February 1999 as a presenter; he was the regular host of the channel’s live coverage of Australia’s National Rugby League and State of Origin series. Warren also occasionally presented the channel’s rugby league magazine show Boots ‘n’ All and served as a sideline reporter at international matches.
Warren combined his presenting duties with a public announcing/match day programme editor and marketing role at English Super League club London Broncos until the end of 2006, when Sky Sports lost the UK rights to show Australian rugby league action to rival UK satellite sports channel Setanta Sports. He vacated his position at Harlequins when he joined Setanta although returns to the club on most match-days as the MC.
Warren joined Setanta as a producer in April 2007, overseeing their NRL & AFL content. He was also a Presenter on Setanta Sports News, a rival to Sky Sports News which was produced by ITN.
Warren joined IMG in April 2008 as their Rugby League Media Manager.
After the collapse of Setanta Sports in July 2009, Warren joined ESPN as a freelance producer, overseeing the production of their AFL and NRL programming.
In June 2010 Warren started presenting on Fox Sports News, Australia. In 2011 Chris was also the sideline reporter for Fox Sports Rugby League coverage. Chris does sideline commentary for the 2GB Rugby League Continuous Call team.
Warren became the new Host of Fox Sports NRL Summertime in 2012/13. He left Fox Sports in July 2013.
Warren joined Radio 2GB as their Sports News Presenter in January 2014. He will also be part of the 2GB Continuous Call commentary team in 2014.