Television presenter Frank Bough dies aged 87

BBC presenter Frank Bough – the face of Grandstand – has died. He was aged 87.

Bough was one of Britain’s best known – and loved – television host.

He was an Oxford soccer Blue and hosted six World Cups and six Olympic Games.

And he was part of the launch team for BBC’s Breakfast TV in 1983.

He was renowned for his calm as a live presenter.

His BBC career – spanning the 60s – 80s – came to an end following a sex and drugs scandal story published in the now defunct News of the World.

Bough later expressed regret over the incident.

He said his behaviour had been “exceedingly stupid”.

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.”

Fellow BBC journalists, politicians and broadcasters posted tributes online.

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan – a former editor of the News of the World – said:

“RIP Frank Bough, Star of Grandstand, Nationwide and Breakfast Time.

“His career was ruined by scandal, but he was one of the great live TV presenters.

“Sad news.”

Bough, who died in a care home, also worked for SKY and ITV.


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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