Mark Pougatch

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Mark Pougatch
Born Mark Charles Albert Pougatch
(1968-01-27) 27 January 1968 (age 49)
Paddington, London, England
Occupation Broadcaster and writer
Years active 1991–present
Employer ITV
BBC
BT Sport
Television 5 Live Sport (1995–present)
Sports Report (2000–present)
IPL Cricket (2011–present)
Africa Cup of Nations (2006–present)
BBC Sport (1998–2015)
BBC Radio 5 Live (1994–present)
Euro 2016 (2016)
European Qualifiers (2014–present)
Final Score (2016)
ITV Sport (2015–present)
BT Sport Score (2016–present)
UEFA Champions League Highlights (2015–present)
UEFA Europa League Highlights (2015–present)
Spouse(s)
  • Lady Victoria Scott (m. 2000–present)

Mark Charles Albert Pougatch (born 27 January 1968) is an English freelance radio and television broadcaster, a journalist and author who is currently the Chief Sport Presenter for ITV Sport, fronting their major football and rugby coverage. Pougatch is also currently the presenter of BT Sport Score.

Early life[edit]

Born in Paddington, London Pougatch attended Malvern College[1] where he was captain of the First XI cricket team[2] and graduated with a degree in politics at the University of Durham where he was a member of Hatfield College. He then undertook a post-graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the London College of Communication.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Pougatch initially worked for six months at the former BBC radio station for London, BBC GLR. He then became a regular football reporter in 1992 with BBC Essex.

In 1994, he joined BBC Radio 5 Live, selected to be the main presenter of 5 Live Sport on Sundays. In August 2000, he switched to the flagship Saturday edition of the show and continued to present this until August 2016 when he was replaced by Mark Chapman. Pougatch continues to present some other editions of 5 Live Sport, most notably on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings throughout the football season.[3] He also presents Football Today on Premier League TV on Monday and Thursday throughout the Football season.

Pougatch has presented coverage of the IPL cricket and the African Cup of Nations for ITV. In January 2015, Pougatch replaced Adrian Chiles as the main football presenter on ITV, fronting the channel's coverage of the UEFA Champions League, England Internationals and later Euro 2016. In February and March 2016, Pougatch fronted ITV's coverage of the Six Nations Rugby Championship, and continued in this role in 2017.

In March 2012, he won the Sports Journalists' Association award for Sports Broadcaster of the Year.[4]

Since 13 August 2016, Pougatch has presented the Saturday afternoon show BT Sport Score on BT Sport.[5]

Other activities[edit]

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.[6] He is also a speaker, after dinner and at daytime events.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Pougatch is married to Lady Victoria Scott, the younger daughter of the 5th Earl of Eldon,.[8] They live in Oxfordshire with their three children. His grandfather[9] and great-grandfather were among the diaspora who escaped Ukraine amid the violence that followed the first Russian Revolution.[10]

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