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Mark Charles Albert Pougatch
27 January 1968
Paddington, London, England
|Occupation||Broadcaster and writer|
|Television||5 live Sport (1995–)|
Sports Report (2000–2016)
IPL Cricket (2011–)
Africa Cup of Nations (2006–)
BBC Sport (1998–2015)
BBC Radio 5 Live (1994–)
Euro 2016 (2016)
European Qualifiers (2014–)
Final Score (2016)
ITV Sport (2015–)
BT Sport Score (2016–)
UEFA Champions League Highlights (2015–)
UEFA Europa League Highlights (2015–)
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.
Born in Paddington, London 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. He then undertook a post-graduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the London College of Communication.
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. He also presents Football Today on Premier League TV on Monday and Thursday throughout the Football season.
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.
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 Jewish diaspora who escaped Ukraine amid the violence that followed the first Russian Revolution.
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- Malvern pair aim to make most of French connection. Schools cricket By Cathy Harris. The Times. 11 July 2003.
- Press Office: Mark Chapman joins 5 Live Sport as regular Monday night host. BBC official website. 15 January 2010.
- "BBC's Pougatch broadcasts his Awards delight". Sports Journalists' Association.
- "BT Sport unveil Mark Pougatch, Harry Kewell and Jermaine Jenas to take on Jeff Stelling and Co with new Saturday football results show". Daily Mail. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
- Three Lions Versus the World: England's World Cup Stories from the Men Who Were There. Mark Pougatch. Mainstream Publishing. 21 May 2010. Amazon.com.
- Biography : Mark Pougatch. The Edge Entertainment Agency.
- The Descendents of William the Conqueror: Tudor 26. www.william1.co.uk.
- "BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Mark Pougatch is a sucker for a grumpy TV character and has been known to read Red." By John Dugdale. The Guardian. 30 November 2009.
- "A chance letter from a distant relative led BBC presenter Mark Pougatch to Ukraine, home of his ancestors." Mark Pougatch. The Mail on Sunday. 22 April 2007. London, England.