Frank Bough dead: Former TV presenter Frank Bough, who was best known for his presenting for Grandstand and Breakfast Time TV, has died at the age of 87. The BBC legend’s death has been confirmed by a family friend.
Frank died last Wednesday in a care home, according to the BBC.
The star was best known for his BBC flagship sports programme Grandstand and his time one Breakfast time TV in 1983.
Former Newsround presenter Lizo Mzimba announced the news as he penned: “Frank Bough has died at the age of 87, a family friend has confirmed.”
Piers Morgan shared a tribute on Twitter: “RIP Frank Bough, 87.
Frank Bough dies aged 87 in care home
Frank Bough dies at the age of 87
“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.”
One fan replied: “Sad news I remember him on tv when I was little, always had a nice smile x.”
Another added: “Sad news. I remember him and his wife Nesta doing the holiday programme and always eating al fresco. RIP Frank.”
Frank Bough was known for presenting BBC’s flagship sports programme
Frank Bough retired after going into radio with LBC
A third said: “Always on the TV when I was growing up.”
Frank was known as a keen footballer, and became the presenter of Sportsview in 1964, taking over from Peter Dimmock.
After his stint ended in 1968, he moved on to host Grandstand, the BBC’s sports show which aired on Saturday afternoons.
Frank first joined the BBC as a presenter and reporter, presenting a new Newcastle upon Tyne-based show called Home at Six, which was then renamed North at Six.
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In 1963 North at Six then relaunched when it became BBC Look North.
Frank married Nesta Howells after leaving the army in 1959 and they had three sons David, Stephen and Andrew together.
The BBC host met Nesta while he completed his national service. She stood by him during the scandals that marred his later career.
Frank was let go by the BBC when he became mired in a “sex and drugs scandal”, which involved “taking cocaine and wearing lingerie at sex parties”.
More recently in his career, Frank was a presenter for LBC radio In the early 1990s.
He was also involved with the station for the launch of London News Talk and moved to the News 97.3 service until 1996.
Frank was a regular member of a choir based in Windsor called the Royal Free Singers from 1994.
The former radio host had a liver transplant in 2001 after cancer was diagnosed, and later lived in Berkshire for his retirement.