Tam Cowan

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Tam Cowan (born 21 April 1969) is a Scottish football journalist and radio presenter who was previously also a television presenter.

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Braidhurst High School in Motherwell where he was one of the school captains.[1]


Cowan presented Scottish football comedy TV show Offside. He has also taken to live stand-up comedy by taking "Offside" to the stage in 2002. The show was recorded live at the King's Theatre, Glasgow for DVD. In February 2010, Cowan presented It's Never Too Late, a six-part documentary series for STV on literacy and numeracy difficulties among adults. Cowan was also a guest presenter for STV's overnight interactive strand The Nightshift and rejoined the station on Tuesday 20 September 2011 as a main co-presenter for the lifestyle magazine show The Hour, alongside Michelle McManus.[2][3] The programme was axed four weeks after a move to a weekly prime time slot and a revamp of the programme led to low ratings.[4]

For 16 years Cowan was a restaurant critic and reviewer, and additional columnist with the Daily Record newspaper.[5] He moved to their rival newspaper, The Scottish Sun, in March 2014.[5]

Cowan presents the comedy football radio show Off the Ball on BBC Radio Scotland, along with Daily Record and Sunday National journalist and good friend Stuart Cosgrove. Cowan was temporarily dropped from Off the Ball in 2013 for sexist remarks made about women's football in his Daily Record column.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Cowan is a well known fan of Motherwell F.C.. He is married to Liz and the couple had a child in 2011.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2007 Offside Presenter For BBC Choice, 1998-2001
For BBC Scotland, 2002-2007
2010 It's Never Too Late Presenter 6 Episodes
2011 The Hour Presenter 4 Episodes
Year Title Role Notes
1994– Off the Ball Presenter


  1. ^ "School to celebrate 50th anniversary with year of events". STV News. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  2. ^ English, Paul (19 September 2011). "Record man Tam Cowan to co-host The Hour as it returns to TV in new format".
  3. ^ Tam Cowan joins Michelle McManus for The Hour’s new primetime show
  4. ^ "STV drops magazine show The Hour". BBC News. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b Lambourne, Helen (3 March 2014). "'Sexist' columnist joins rival title after 16 years". HoldtheFrontPage. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  6. ^ McLaughlin, Martyn (29 September 2013). "Tam Cowan off air over women's football comments". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Interview: Tam Cowan, broadcaster and Motherwell fan". The Scotsman. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2017.

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