Frank Bough

TV Show Host

Frank Bough was born in Fenton, United Kingdom on January 15th, 1933 and is the TV Show Host. At the age of 87, Frank Bough biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 15, 1933
United Kingdom
Place of Birth
Fenton, United Kingdom
Death Date
Oct 21, 2020 (age 87)
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Journalist, Presenter, Sports Commentator
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Merton College, Oxford
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Nesta Howells ​(m. 1959)​
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Frank Bough Life

Frank Joseph Bough (born 15 January 1933) is a retired English television presenter.

He is best known as the former host of BBC sports and current affairs television shows, including Grandstand, Nationwide, and Breakfast Time, which he launched with Selina Scott and Nick Ross. Bough became known for his smooth, loosened, and professional approach to live broadcasting, once being dubbed "the most unabridged performer on British television" during his long career in broadcasting.

"If my life depended on the smooth running of a TV show, then Bough would be my first choice to be in charge." Michael Parkinson said in 1987. Following allegations that he had used cocaine and visited brothels, Bough was fired by the BBC in 1988.

He appeared on LWT, ITV, Sky TV, and even on London's LBC radio before his departure in 1998.

Early life

Bough was born in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on January 15, 1933. After passing his eleven-plus examination and attending Merton College, Oxford, where he studied shipping management, he was educated at Oswestry Boys' High School (a Shropshire County Council secular grammar school). He played football against Cambridge and served in the Royal Tank Regiment, and did his national service in the Royal Tank Regiment.

Personal life and death

When Bough was completing his national service, he met Nesta Howells, and the two married after he left the army in 1959. They had three sons: David, Stephen, and Andrew. After the scandals that harmed Bough's later life, Nesta stayed in the company.

He performed with the Royal Free Singers, a Windsor-based choir, from 1994 to 1995. Since cancer was discovered in 2001, Bough underwent liver transplantation, and later lived in Holyport, Berkshire.

Bough died on October 21, 2020, aged 87, according to a family friend.


Frank Bough Career


Bough joined the BBC as a host and reporter, presenting a new Newcastle upon Tyne-based show Home at Six, which was renamed North at six and then became BBC Look North in 1963. He appeared on Sportsview from 1964 to 1968, and as the host of the BBC Sports Review of the Year from 1964, he would host for 18 years. He appeared on the BBC's flagship Saturday afternoon sports show Grandstand from 1968 to 1983.

Bough was one of the BBC's football commentators for the 1966 World Cup in England, and he covered the match in Middlesbrough, where North Korea defeated Italy 1–0 in a game regarded as one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. Bough continued to host the nation's early evening magazine program. During the 1970s, he was one of Britain's most popular faces on television. He covered five UK general elections between 1974 and 1987, as well as four US presidential elections between 1972 and 1984.

Bough appeared on Morecambe and Wise Christmas special in 1977, performing a song and dance routine in a sailor's costume with other television stars, including film critic Barry Norman, television host Michael Aspel, and rugby league commentator Eddie Waring. The show's 21.3 million viewers remain a British record. Bough later said he had to give War dancing lessons before the sketch, which was based on a comedic interpretation of the popular South Pacific song "There is Nothing Like a Dame."

In Argentina, Bough was the main presenter of the BBC's coverage of the 1978 World Cup finals.

His fame increased in January 1983 when he became the first presenter of BBC's inaugural breakfast television show, Breakfast Time, alongside Selina Scott and Nick Ross. Ron Neil was chosen by Bough for his work on Grandstand, where he appeared on three hours of live television every week.

As fellow presenter Nick Ross recounted:

Bough would deliberately undermine her by interrupting mid-question and in other ways, according to Scott, who wanted to say that senior management had no emotional intelligence, and let men like Frank Bough roam the BBC without any scrutiny. "This malevolence" was a very sexist atmosphere at the BBC, according to Sherry. Bough was a joy to work with, according to host Fern Britton. Britton's autobiography, which was released in 2008, said "I wonder how long it will be before I'm having an affair with you." At a pre-programme briefing, he was dismissive of Britton: "Oh, hers can wait." Now back to mine." Brittons were too young to be able to complain.

At the end of 1987, Bough stopped breakfast television to focus on the Holiday program, where he took over as the main host when Cliff Michelmore took over as the show's host.

Bough was recruited by Sky News in February 1989 to host the Frank Bough Interview for Sky TV for two series. In September 1989, he appeared on London Weekend Television, where he fronted Six O'clock Live until it was canceled in Summer 1992. In between his television appearances, he hosted ITV's coverage of the 1991 Rugby World Cup tournament.

After the News of the World revealed that he had taken cocaine and worn lingerie at parties involving sex workers, Bough retired from the BBC for a rest before being dismissed. "It caused a lot at the time," Bough's public image as the squeaky clean front man of breakfast and sports television."

Bough made a "terrible mistake" by promising to talk to newspapers prior to the release of personal information, according to Roy Greenslade, a City University London journalism professor, exacerbating the situation.

Bough was said to have been active in a dungeon organisation in August 1992. Photographs of him leaving the flat of a sex worker who specialized in sadomasochism were published in the newspaper. Later in life, Bough expressed regret for his behavior, adding that his conduct had been "exceedingly stupid." "Everybody, if they have questions about their marriage or sexuality, has the right to sort these topics out in the privacy of their own home," he said in a television interview. After this second controversy, his work as a rugby host came to an end.

Bough came to appear on the programme in 1993, after being regularly ridiculed in monologues on Have I Got News for You by Angus Deayton (who would be barred from the show for years after using cocaine and prostitute drugs), who later decided to remain a visitor. He appeared on London's LBC radio in the early 1990s, before being a host on London's LBC radio and then on to the News 97.3 network, where he remained until 1996. He then hosted Travel Live for the cable network Travel Channel.

He appeared on BBC Four in 2009 as he appeared on a programme looking back on Nationwide.


Martin Tyler has been the voice of the Premier League in the Premier League, but he is not the No. 1 commentator, June 19, 2023
OLIVER HOLT: In the sea of lad-banter that is flooding back into football broadcasting, led by a couple of self-regarding BBC presenters whose goal is to see how loudly and often people can laugh at their own jokes, commentators like Martin Tyler and Peter Drury have risen from the flood like islands of luxury and erudition. That is not to say that there aren't already many talented football presenters around. Gary Lineker is a man whose screen presence acts as a welcome back to the halcyon days of Des Lynam, Dickie Davies, Frank Bough, and David Coleman.

How Selina Scott and Frank Bough, the BBC's presenting pair, HATED each other, May 24, 2023
On the face of it, they were the first act to make breakfast television a mainstay of families around the country. Selina Scott and Frank Bough (shown center, main image, and top right) spent three years on BBC's Breakfast Time, the forerunner to the corporation's recent morning news show, from its beginning in 1983. However, although they did seem to get along in front of the cameras, they did not get on with them in person, and Scott also spoke about how he managed to'undermine' her on television earlier this year. Bough, who she branded a'misogynist,' was a 'nightmare' to work with and even boasted about his manhood at work, prompting her to write a wide-ranging article in the Daily Mail about his antics. In 1986, the pair's professional relationship came to an end, when Scott accepted a new presenting role, two years before Bough was fired after being found to have seized cocaine with prostitutes in a Mayfair hotel. Fast forward nearly four decades to this month, and the nation has been gripped by Philip Schofield's departure from ITV's This Morning following the breakdown of his friendship with co-presenter Holly Willoughby (both pictured top right).

Step aside Holly and Phil there have been a whole host breakfast TV duo rifts, May 13, 2023
Eamonn Holmes and Anthea Turner's (pictured) smiles on GMTV in the mid-1990s turned out to be a front when their rift was revealed. Holmes referred to her as "Princess Tippytoes" and that it was alleged that he coerced Ms Turner to leave the ITV daytime show in 1996. On BBC's Breakfast Time show in 1983, Selina Scott and Frank Bough were first introduced. She claims he insulted her by interrupting mid-question, insisted on getting the last word in, and told her how well endowed she was.