23 Apr 2016

Veteran broadcaster Peter Sellers dies aged 94

12:36 pm on 23 April 2016

Veteran sports broadcaster Peter Sellers - who worked for Radio New Zealand sports for 34 years - has died at the age of 94.

He was renowned for his encyclopaedic sporting knowledge and his talent as a raconteur, and mentored many commentators, such as Keith Quinn.

Among those he interviewed were Mohammad Ali, Don Bradman, Mark Spitz and Peter Snell.

A collection of Peter Sellers' interviews with New Zealand's sporting greats was released in 1992.

A collection of Peter Sellers' interviews with New Zealand's sporting greats was released in 1992. Photo: Supplied

When he retired in 1987, he said he had enjoyed his career.

"It's been a great life - what is it now, 35 years - and I made a point in my own mind when I got into broadcasting, that I was going to stay there."

Sellers was also famous for being one of the first to swear on radio at a time when it was strictly forbidden.

Interviewing a pie seller at Athletic Park in Wellington in 1956 he exclaimed 'Bloody hell, that's a lot of pies'.

He later remembered it this way:

"She didn't say 10,000, or 25,000, I remember she said it was 20,461, and I said 'that's a bloody lot of pies', and it came out like that. And then after I'd said it, she gone red, and I thought, 'well, there goes my job'."