Ian Payne (sports broadcaster)
Early life and education
Payne was born in Germany in December 1962. He is the son of Peter Payne, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist. He was educated at Radley College, Abingdon, Royal Holloway College in the University of London (English and Drama) and Lancashire Polytechnic (postgraduate TV and Radio).
Payne began his career with BBC Radio Lancashire in 1986 and was once named as Northwest Young Journalist of the Year. He joined BBC Radio network sport in 1988, initially as a producer with Radio 2 and on programmes including Radio 4's Today.
Radio 5 Live
As the long-standing frontman on Radio 5 Live's prestigious Saturday afternoon show Sport on 5, the most popular sports programme on British radio, Payne became one of 5 Live's most recognisable voices. He hosted coverage of a range of major sports events, including the FA Cup Final, Six Nations rugby union, and the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final, and in 2000 completed a year's stint as the presenter of 5 Live's weekday afternoon show.
Payne made the switch to Sky in 2003, after fifteen years with the BBC. He began by presenting Monday Night Football, but was replaced by Jeff Stelling from the start of the 2005–06 season. Payne presented Sky's FA Cup coverage during 2005–06 (including the 2006 Final) and League Cup live coverage between 2003 and 2006. Following Rob McCaffrey's departure from Sky, Payne hosted Gillette Soccer Special on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on Sky Sports, before taking over as anchor of Goals on Sunday.
On 9 May 2010, it was reported that Payne had resigned from Sky Sports.
Back to radio
Payne returned to Radio 5 Live in June 2010, presenting Up All Night, 5 Live Sport and Tony Livesey's programme when Livesey was unavailable. He also presented Weekend Breakfast when Phil Williams was unavailable.
Since August 2011, Payne has been the main presenter of the Sunday afternoon 5 Live Sport show between 12:00 and 15:00. In addition, Payne presents Scores, a Saturday sports programme on LBC. He also writes a weekly blog for the station's website.
On 5 November 2010, as a freelance, Payne crossed picket lines and presented a BBC Breakfast radio programme that was broadcast on 5 Live, Radio Ulster and Radio Scotland as regular presenters on 5 Live Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogarty were unavailable due to industrial action by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). He also crossed NUJ picket lines to present 5 Live Breakfast with Julia Bradbury on 15 July 2011.
On 2 September 2013, Payne became the new ITV News Sports Correspondent replacing Natalie Pirks.
Other TV work
In June 2012, Payne started presenting on Sports Tonight Live, a new sports television channel that broadcasts on Primetime Channel 498 on Sky. Payne continued to work for the station from the start of the 2012–13 football season, presenting every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 7-10pm alongside his regular guest, former Arsenal midfielder Perry Groves.
He resides in Ealing, West London.
- BBC Team - Ian Payne BBC Sport, 9 August 2000
- The BBC Team - Ian Payne BBC Sport, 15 May 2000
- Radio's Payne joins Sky BBC Sport, 14 May 2003
- 5 Live's Payne jumps ship for Sky MediaGuardian, 14 May 2003
- More about Ian Payne LBC
- Presenter merry-go-round When Saturday Comes, January 2007
- Football's shock at Rick Parry's £4.3m Liverpool pay-off - Ian’s TV Payne is over Mail Online, 8 May 2010
- Why Goals on Sunday is so much better than Match of the Day Liverpool Daily Post, 16 August 2009
- Robert Hanks: 'Today' may not be everything that it should be, but it's hard to do without The Independent, 6 November 2010
- Steven Gerrard has just the ticket at Anfield despite his uncertain future Mail Online, 10 June 2010
- 5 Live Sport BBC Radio 5 Live, 4 August 2010
- Tony Livesey BBC Radio 5 Live, 12 July 2010
- Weekend Breakfast Radio Times, 30 July 2011
- Weekend Breakfast Radio Times, 24 December 2011
- 5 Live Sport, Sunday Review BBC Radio 5 Live, 14 August 2011
- 5 Live Sport, Sunday Review BBC Radio 5 Live, 11 March 2012
- Ian Payne LBC
- Ian Payne's Blog LBC
- BBC strike: news chief joins stand-in reporters guardian.co.uk, 5 November 2010
- BBC journalists in one-day strike BBC News, 15 July 2011
- BBC strike leaves bulletins without star reporters on big news day guardian.co.uk, 15 July 2011
- Late Kick Off London and the South East BBC One, 14 March 2011
- O'Leary brought to book BBC Sport, 7 January 2002