Mark Chapman (broadcaster)
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Chapman in 2013
|Birth name||Andrew Mark Chapman|
11 October 1973|
Rochdale, Lancashire, England
FIFA World Cup
UEFA European Championship
Summer Olympic Games
Match of the Day 2
5 live Sport
Chapman was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, but spent most 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 gain a degree in French and Business Studies from the University of Hull.
Chapman began his career in 1996 as a continuity announcer on BBC Television, primarily working on BBC TWO, before becoming the cricket correspondent for BBC North East radio. Chapman then joined BBC Radio 1 as a sports reporter working on the Sara Cox show and later on the Scott Mills show, where he was nicknamed Chappers, before joining Radio 5 Live to host 5 live Sport on Monday evenings in 2010. Between 2009 and 2013, Chapman was the main stand in presenter on Final Score, Match of the Day 2 and other BBC Sport programmes. Following the departure of Colin Murray, Chapman became the main host of Match of the Day 2 in August 2013, and also became the main host of the BBC's coverage of Rugby League that year. In August 2016, Chapman replaced Mark Pougatch as the main presenter of 5 live Sport on Saturday afternoons, and he continues to host the Monday evening edition of the programme alongside other midweek shows. In 2016 he became the presenter of The NFL Show/NFL This Week..
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.
Chapman is a Manchester United football fan. He is also a fan of Hull F.C. owing to his time at university in Hull. He lives in Hale, Greater Manchester with his wife Sara and their children Ben, Jessie and Milly.
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- "Sports presenter Mark Chapman on the Premier League, celebrities and taking over Match of the Day 2". The Independent.
- "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
- "Bye Bye Chappers". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
- "Radio 1's Sport Relief Challenge". BBC.
- TV Sports Presenter Mark Chapman swaps the studio for the saddle[permanent dead link] The Donna Louise Childrens Hospice Trust, 24 May 2012
- McKeegan, Alice (19 February 2013). "The BBC took me on because they were short of northern voices ...I think Salford is changing all that". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 19 January 2014.