Mark Pougatch is ITV’s lead football anchor, presenting live England matches the Champions League and headed their team at the Euros in France in 2016 and in 2018 Mark was the lead presenter for ITV’s coverage of the World Cup in Russia. He combines this role with being BBC Radio 5 Live’s main sports anchor, having presented their flagship Saturday afternoon show, 5 Live Sport and Sports Report, since 2000. He also presents his own show ‘ Football Today ’ on Monday’s on PLTV ( Premier League Television ) as well as live matches on a Monday evening. PLTV has a huge worldwide audience. Mark presents every Saturday for BT Sport The Score, Mark also hosts ITV and Channel 5’s live boxing programmes and The Big Bash Cricket for Channel 5.
In 1991, Mark Pougatch began his career at GLR as a Sports and News presenter. In addition to this Mark also worked at LBC as a Sports Reporter. In 1992 Mark joined BBC Essex as their Sports Editor. For BBC Radio Mark has been the main presenter for the past four Football World Cups, three European Championships, three Ashes tours in Australia, Olympics Games, Commonwealth Games, World Athletics Championships as well as a host of FA Cup Finals, Grand Nationals, Wimbledon tennis and the Six Nations Rugby. He’s also been privileged to commentate on Test Match Special. Mark’s television work includes being a presenter for BBC Sport on Match of the Day and Match of the Day Live, Football Focus, Final Score, BT Sport Score, Sunday Grandstand, World Darts Championship and Open Golf Championship highlights. He has also been a stand in presenter for 5 Live’s Breakfast and Drivetime shows.
At ITV he has presented the live FA Cup draws, Euros 2016 and the Indian Premier League cricket. In 2015 Mark presented The Rugby World Cup for BBC Radio 5 Live. Mark has also been a columnist for The Times at the World Cup, The Ashes and a regular contributor in The Game on a Monday, has written articles for T2 and The Times on pig-keeping and for The Mail on Sunday on tracing his family’s Ukrainian ancestors. He has also done exclusive podcasts with Shane Warne for The Times and The Ashes and has been a panellist on The Wright Stuff. In 2010 Mark published his first book ‘Three Lions vs The World; The Story of England at the World Cup’ about the history of England’s World Cup adventures.
In 2015 Mark was the main presenter for Radio 5 Live’s coverage of Wimbledon and the Rugby World Cup. In 2016 Mark led the broadcaster’s team for The RBS 6 Nations Rugby Championship for ITV. Exciting start to 2016 – 17 Football season as Mark launch’s the New BT Sport Score programme as the lead presenter, keeping viewers up to date with all the latest live scores from across the UK and Europe.
In the summer of 2018 Mark was the lead presenter for ITV coverage of the World Cup in Russia.
Throughout 2019 Mark has been presenting 6 Nations on ITV and continues to present BT Sport The Score on Saturdays. Mark has started the new season for PLTV which airs every Monday afternoon. Mark presented the Rugby World Cup 2019 for ITV in Japan. Throughout 2020 Mark continues to present BT Sport The Score and PLTV as well as the Rugby Six Nations for ITV.
Mark is a brilliant compere at corporate events. Some of Mark’s past events include The Variety Club Sunshine Awards, The FA Club at Home Internationals, SportsAid, The Hollis Sponsorship Awards and other charity nights and quizzes. Mark counts gardening, pig-keeping, history, politics and playing sport as just some of his interests.
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