Frank Bough Former Grandstand And Breakfast Time Presenter Dies Aged 87

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Frank Bough Former Grandstand And Breakfast Time Presenter Dies Aged 87

Frank Bough, one of the most familiar faces on BBC television from the 1960s to 1980s, has died at the age of 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 scandal involving 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 a 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.

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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”.

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In 1983, Bough was involved in the launch of the BBC’s new breakfast service, Breakfast Time. He proved a natural on the show, with his laid-back and comfortable style becoming an immediate hit with the early morning audience.

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

But he was sacked by the BBC in 1988 after tabloid revelations about sex and drugs. The story came as a particular shock, given Bough’s hitherto clean-cut family-man image.

Frank Bough Former Grandstand And Breakfast Time Presenter Dies Aged 87

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