Mark Chapman (broadcaster)
|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2007)|
Chapman in 2013
|Birth name||Andrew Mark Chapman|
11 October 1973 |
Rochdale, Lancashire, England
|Show||5 Live Sport|
|Station(s)||BBC Radio Five Live|
|Show||Talk of the Terrace, Mark Chapman's World Cup Years|
Andrew Mark "Chappers" Chapman (born 11 October 1973) is a sports presenter on Radio 5 Live as well as presenting for BBC Sport on television.
Chapman was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, but spent the majority of his youth in Sale on the other side of the city of Manchester. He attended Manchester Grammar School, and during his time there developed an interest in radio broadcasting, wanting to work for Radio 1 from the age of 13. He went on to achieve a degree in French and Business Studies from the University of Hull.
Chapman began his career in 1996 as the cricket correspondent for BBC North East radio.
On 24 December 2009, Chapman made his final appearance on the Scott Mills Show, stating that he had enjoyed the past 10 years at Radio 1, but it was time to move on to a more serious commitment to sports presenting.
In 2007, Chapman began presenting Channel 5's Football Night, taking up the position following John Barnes' move to a more peripheral role on the show. He also narrates the Rugby League Raw show on BBC One that follows rugby league clubs taking part in the National League play-offs. He also presented Football Italia, on Channel 5 with Laura Esposto, when the channel acquired the rights to show football matches from Serie A for the 2008–09 season from Bravo. He narrates the camera clip television show, When Sports Goes Bad. Chapman has also presented Match of the Day, The Football League Show and occasionally presents Final Score. Other work for the BBC includes hosting the London and South East edition of Late Kick Off, the BBC's regional Football League show, as well as a one-off documentary for Inside Sport about homosexuality in sport.
Chapman joined ESPN in 2009 as part of their Premier League coverage, hosting Talk of the Terrace along with Kelly Cates, as well as The Umpire Strikes Back on ESPN Classic. Chapman also presents the UK version of Pardon the Interruption with Steve Bunce.
Chapman was joined by Mike Carlson and Danny Amendola, of the St. Louis Rams, to present the BBC's coverage of Super Bowl XLVI on 5–6 February 2012, and also presented the BBC's coverage of the NFL game held at Wembley Stadium on 23 October 2011, along with Carlson. Chapman presented the BBC's coverage of Super Bowl XLVII on 3 February 2013, joined by Mike Carlson and Willie McGinest.
On 22 January 2013, the BBC announced that Chapman would present the Sunday evening television show, Match of the Day 2, from the beginning of the 2013–14 season. He replaced fellow former Radio 1 DJ Colin Murray.
A long time fan of the sport, he took over the hosting of the BBC's coverage of Rugby League after Clare Balding left for the 2013 season onwards.
Along with his ESPN colleague Kelly Cates, Chapman works as the in-ground host of all of the senior short-form international cricket matches played in England.
Chapman wrote a monthly column for Shoot Monthly magazine. In 2010, he released his first book, entitled Heroes, Hairbands and Hissy Fits: Chappers' History of Modern Football, in which he gives a harsh critique of modern football and players both professional and part-time.
Chapman completed the 2008 and 2010 London Marathons for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent. In 2012, he was part of a team that cycled from Land's End to John o' Groats in aid of the Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust in Stoke-on-Trent.
On 29 December 2008, Chapman appeared on Celebrity Mastermind. His specialist subject was Premier League football. He came second with 25 points.
- "Chappers and Dave". Unofficial Mills. Jono Read. 2007. Archived from the original on 26 January 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2007.
- Rider Profile: Mark Chapman This is Staffordshire, 1 June 2012
- "Reporter Profiles: Mark Chapman". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 6 June 2007.
- "About Chappers". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 6 June 2007.
- "Bye Bye Chappers". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
- Laughlin, Andrew, Mark Chapman grabs regular 5 Live slot Digital Spy, 15 January 2010
- "Inside Sport – The Last Taboo". BBC News. 21 May 2010.
- Pardon the Interruption ESPN UK
- "Live Coverage of Super Bowl XLVI on BBC Sport and Sky Sports". TV Newsroom. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
- "Free Podcasts from The Times". Times Online. Retrieved 15 August 2007. (subscription required)
- TV Sports Presenter Mark Chapman swaps the studio for the saddle The Donna Louise Childrens Hospice Trust, 24 May 2012
- Profile – Mark Chapman BBC Radio 1