In 1991, he worked as the chief reporter and newsreader at a radio station in Tauranga. He worked for IRN for four years - his first as the news and sport reporter and reader in Wellington, and the rest as sports sub and reader in Auckland. He fills in at Newstalk ZB.
Boyed's first television work was as a general reporter for ATV regional television, where he then moved into the niche of business reporter for The NBR Report.
Upon moving to TVNZ, Boyed worked as a fill-in business reporter and general reporter. He then worked as the Auckland reporter for the investigative programme Target, which he presented from 1999 to 2000.
In 2005 Boyed became a reporter on the investigative consumer affairs programme Fair Go. He interviewed topical figures on current affairs interview show Q+A intermittently from 2004 to 2012. He also filled in as presenter on current affairs show Close Up. In 2013, Boyed co-hosted Seven Sharp.
Boyed presents the One News Tonight bulletin. He had also presented the popular 1 News at 6pm, and TVNZ 7's News at 8.
Boyed is also sometimes involved in television production, most notably as the associate producer of Flipside (2002-2004), an executive producer of The Last Word (2003), and producer of Tonight (2010-2012).