Born in London in 1968, Pougatch attended Malvern College where he was captain of the First XI cricket team and graduated with a degree in politics at the University of Durham where he was a member of Hatfield College. After completing a post-graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the London College of Printing, he worked for six months at the former BBC radio station for London, BBC GLR.
Pougatch became a regular football reporter on the radio in 1992 with BBC Essex. In 1998, he joined BBC Radio 5 Live, a national radio service and the principal station covering sport in the United Kingdom. He was selected to be the main presenter of 5 Live Sport on Sundays and in August 2000, he switched to the Saturday edition of the show.
Pougatch joined the team of Football Superstars, a game which was due to be released in 2009 as an innovative MMORPG game integrating gameplay with footballer's lifestyles. He is the author of Three Lions Versus the World: England's World Cup Stories from the Men Who Were There. He is also a speaker, after dinner and at daytime events.
Pougatch is married to Lady Victoria Scott, the younger daughter of the 5th Earl of Eldon,. They live in Oxfordshire with their three children. His grandfather and great-grandfather were among the diaspora who escaped Ukraine amid the violence that followed the first Russian Revolution.