Richard Keys Honorary DLitt
TV sports presenter: an Honorary Doctor of Letters for outstanding services to sports broadcasting.
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 the old Third Division South. Football became his life. So committed was he to playing, that he turned down the offer of a scholarship place to Coventry's top school because it played rugby.
Following advice from the legendary Jimmy Hill, then Coventry City's manager, he began a career in journalism. Moving from print to radio, he became a fully-fledged radio sports reporter. At this time a new phase in TV was emerging with the advent of breakfast programmes covering news and current affairs rather than kids' TV or the repeats of old documentaries. His first role was a stand-in presenter, moving to presenting 'Good Morning Britain' with Anne Diamond.
Then came the creative combination of his new career and his deep inner passion - the opportunity to present his beloved sport, for the emerging BskyB. It was an opportunity -and a risk. Few believed then that satellite TV would last the year. But Richard's success went from strength to strength. He has presented more live television shows than anyone else in Britain - over 1,000 Sky football games.
Throughout his career, he has remained loyal to both Coventry and to Coventry City Football Club, an excellent ambassador for both.
- FOCUSnews, Issue 18, February 2003