Bough ................gonnnneeeeeee

All things Rugby
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 4737
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:05 am
Location: G W C

Bough ................gonnnneeeeeee

Post by Bogbunny »

Frank Bough: Former Grandstand presenter dies, aged 87
Published6 minutes ago
Frank Bough presenting Grandstand
Frank Bough, one of the most familiar faces on BBC television from the 1960s to 1980s, has died aged 87.

He joined the BBC as a reporter on what was to become Look North, and went on to present some of the corporation's most popular shows, including Grandstand and Breakfast Time.

But his career was brought to an abrupt end after a newspaper exposed his use of drugs and prostitutes.

Bough died last Wednesday in a care home, a family friend told the BBC.

A talented sportsman, Bough began presenting Sportsview in 1964, taking over from Peter Dimmock before moving onto Grandstand - the BBC's leading sports show on Saturday afternoon.

Over the next two decades he would become one of TV's best-known presenters, including with an 18-year stint as host of the BBC's Sports Review of the Year, which later became Sports Personality of the Year.

His reputation for a calm and unflappable style once prompted Michael Parkinson's remark that "if my life depended on the smooth handling of a TV show he'd be the one I'd want in charge".

Bough presenting Grandstand
image captionBough was the tranquil centre in a maelstrom of live sport
In 1983, Bough was involved in the launch of the BBC's new breakfast service, Breakfast Time.

He proved a natural when the BBC launched Breakfast Time in January 1983, his laidback and comfortable style becoming an immediate hit with his early morning audience.

Fed up with early morning starts, Bough quit Breakfast Time in 1987 to present the Holiday programme.

But he was sacked by the BBC in 1988 after tabloid revelations about cocaine and call girls.

The story came as a particular shock, given Bough's hitherto clean-cut family-man image.

He eventually returned to broadcasting, including fronting ITV's Rugby World Cup coverage, but this came to an end after a further scandal.

A BBC spokesperson said: "Frank excelled as a live presenter with the BBC for many years and we are very sorry to hear of his passing.

"We send our condolences to his family and friends."

RIP to an excellent presenter
Post Reply