Frank Bough (born Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent,
England, January 15th 1933) is a British television presenter who specialised in
Bough was born in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, England. He was
educated at Oswestry Boys High School, a protestant school, Oswestry,
Shropshire (not to be confused with the older independent Oswestry
School), and at Merton College, Oxford, reputedly being one of the
last generation of undergraduates to be awarded a fourth class
He played football for the university against
Cambridge, and performed his national service in the Royal Tank
He joined the BBC as an anchorman and reporter and in 1964 he
began presenting the BBC Sports Review of the Year, which he would
host for eighteen years. He also presented Sportsview, and in
1968 the BBC's flagship Saturday afternoon sports programme
Grandstand. He went on to present the early evening news
programme, Nationwide. This made him one of the most familiar
faces on British television throughout the 1970s.
In 1977 Bough was memorably a guest on the Morecambe and Wise
Christmas special, performing a song and dance routine in a sailor's
outfit with the likes of Eddie Waring and Barry Norman, among
others. The programme's recorded audience figures remain a British
He was the main presenter of the BBC's coverage of the 1978 World
Cup finals in Argentina, and was the BBC correspondent at Guildford
for the Election 79 programme.
He was a roving holidaymaker in the BBC's Holiday
programme; and made history as the first presenter of the BBC's
inaugural breakfast television programme, Breakfast Time with
Selina Scott. He left Breakfast Time at the end of 1987, moving on
to be the main anchor for the BBC's Holiday programme for the
next year. When allegations about his private life surfaced, he was
dropped by the BBC and moved to LWT (part of the ITV network) where
he fronted a Friday evening magazine programme. At the same time, he
had a short lived interview programme on Sky TV.
In the early 1990s he was a presenter on London's LBC radio,
staying on for the launch of London News Talk and moving to the News
97.3 service where he remained until 1996. He then presented Travel
Live for the cable channel Travel.
He married Nesta Howells (grandniece of Rees Howells) after
leaving the army in 1959. They have three children, David, Stephen
Bough had a colourful private life which involved taking cocaine
and wearing lingerie at sex parties.
The cocaine allegations almost ended his television career, although
he did briefly return to present ITV's coverage of the 1991 Rugby
World Cup. He also made headlines in 1992, when his visits to an S&M
prostitute's Welbeck Street flat were made known to the tabloid
press by one of the women regularly employed there as a
In 1993, after his activities were regularly ridiculed in
monologues by Angus Deayton on Have I Got News For You, Bough
was invited on to the programme as a guest and agreed. He was not
ridiculed by Deayton this time, although Ian Hislop and Jo Brand
made light-hearted comments when a picture of a woman's legs in
stockings were shown. Angus Deayton was himself the subject of an
alleged sex scandal in 2002 and suffered similar treatment to Bough.
From 1994 he was a regular member of the Windsor based choir, The
Royal Free Singers.
Bough had a liver transplant in 2001 after cancer was found and
now lives in retirement in Holyport, Berkshire.
In 2009, he returned to television to contribute to a programme
looking back on Nationwide, which was broadcast on BBC Four.
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