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Bough, Frank (1933-)


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During the 1970s and the 1980s, the genially unflappable Frank Bough was rarely off British television screens, hosting programmes such as Grandstand and Nationwide and sharing a sofa with Selina Scott on Britain's first breakfast news programme. Sadly, despite this illustrious career, he later became bogged down with scandals about his private life.

He was born in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent in 1933 and was educated at Merton College, Oxford. In the 1960s he joined the BBC where he worked as a reporter on the Look North regional news programme. However, he first made his mark as a sports presenter with programmes such as Sportsview, and from 1964 to 1982 he regularly hosted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In 1968 he became the recognisable face of Saturday afternoon sports programmes as anchorman on the BBC's Grandstand until 1982. From 1972 Bough also joined the BBC's ground-breaking regional current affairs show Nationwide.

His place in TV history was secured when he became the first presenter of the BBC's Breakfast Time (1983-1988). From there he went on to present the BBC's Holiday programme. However, revelations about his private life brought his contract to a premature end. He briefly picked up his TV career at LWT presenting Six O'Clock Live (1989-1992) and then moved over to radio news and travel service programmes.

Bough recovered from cancer following a liver transplant in 2001. In 2009 he briefly returned to the BBC as a participant in It's Time To Go Nationwide (BBC4, tx. 5/2/2009).

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