Kevin Milne began in television in 1970 and at that time he was a news reporter in Wellington. In 1972, he left for London where he worked for BBC-TV and the television news agency, Visnews. On his return to New Zealand in 1976, Kevin worked on Television One's Network News as a reporter, sub editor and bulletin editor. In 1982/83, he was the Wellington Editor of the acclaimed "Eye Witness News". Reporting and fronting roles followed for TVNZ information programmes. These included "Production Line", a programme about innovation in New Zealand industry, 'Then Again”, a "whatever-happened-to" nostalgia series, and occasional "Country Calendar" and "Kaleidescope" programmes.
In 1984, Kevin joined "Fair Go" alongside the programme's familiar faces of Brian Edwards and Philip Alpers. He worked on "Fair Go" longer than any other presenter. Kevin has also been seen on television presenting "The BNZ Debate"; playing himself on the popular TV2 soap "Shortland Street" and fronting “Kev Can Do”. As well as frequent public speaking engagements, Kevin also works as a media consultant, advising on media strategy, customer relations, and on-camera performance.
Kevin likes an argument and is a keen debater. He led a Fair Go debating team against the Criminal Bar Association to raise funds for charity. He was selected to front the television production of the BNZ Festival Debate with Paul Holmes, Gary McCormick and Brian Edwards. Kevin is television's best-known consumer advocate – a battler for the great mass who considers themselves "ordinary kiwis". His wide-ranging constituency (an analysis of Fair Go's audience confirms this) cuts through every demographic ... appealing strongly to all adult age groups, urban and rural dwellers, men and women.
While he's made his name as a fighter for the underdog, Kevin has gained a respect and a voice at other levels. Kevin's had major skirmishes with the insurance companies, yet he's been invited by the NZ Insurance Institute to convene a communications seminar in Wellington for senior insurance managers. A few months later he dined with the CEOs of every General Insurance firm in the country. He's the guest after dinner speaker at the Annual Meeting of the influential Insurance Council. Most of his speaking engagements are for humorous, anecdotal presentations covering his experiences on Fair Go and in television generally. Who were the biggest crooks? what was the funniest complaint? have you ever been bribed? what happens when you ring up companies? etc. Many of these presentations are accompanied by a selection of video clips and are best suited for after dinner speeches. They can also be dotted with serious advice for business.
He won a Qantas Media Award for Best Presenter in 2004 and in 2009 he again won the Qantas Awards Best Presenter News and Current Affairs. In 2010 Kevin wrote a book “The Life and Times of a Brown Paper Bag”. 2010 was also Kevin’s last season on “Fair Go”.