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RDJ Central (West) Midlands Today
Anyone else feel slightly uncomfortable with the focus the obituary on tonight’s Ten gave to Frank Bough’s scandal? I know it happened, and to have not mentioned it at all would have been wrong, but I’m not quite sure they got the tone and emphasis right in the circumstances. It just felt a bit mean-spirited to me.

I agree.
I wouldn’t say it was the focus of the majority of the report... they did cover in depth the broad path of his whole career with plenty of good archive clips which was very good going for it to be compiled in the matter of an hour or two.
But yeah.... they didn’t need to focus at the end on how his career turned south due to the tabloid stories and to be as blunt to say that was that. A brief mention was all that was needed.
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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Anyone else feel slightly uncomfortable with the focus the obituary on tonight’s Ten gave to Frank Bough’s scandal? I know it happened, and to have not mentioned it at all would have been wrong, but I’m not quite sure they got the tone and emphasis right in the circumstances. It just felt a bit mean-spirited to me.

It was notable that his scandal was focussed on not just in the obituary but also in Reeta’s introduction to it as well, so it was reinforced twice
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Spencer Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Anyone else feel slightly uncomfortable with the focus the obituary on tonight’s Ten gave to Frank Bough’s scandal? I know it happened, and to have not mentioned it at all would have been wrong, but I’m not quite sure they got the tone and emphasis right in the circumstances. It just felt a bit mean-spirited to me.

It was notable that his scandal was focussed on not just in the obituary but also in Reeta’s introduction to it as well, so it was reinforced twice


Yes, I thought it was unnecessary to have mentioned it in the introduction, and also to have shown the tabloid headlines in the report. And a more positive line at the end of the report would have softened it somewhat. After all, there are broadcasters still regularly employed by the BBC who’ve done similar things. It was just unfortunate that in Frank Bough’s case that his behaviour seemed so at odds with his image.
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Omnipresent London London
Quite a muted official response from the BBC, particularly given the role he played in establishing breakfast TV in the UK. It does seem that after he was sacked, the corporation tried to largely erase him from history.
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Jon Central (West) Midlands Today
There was a short little tribute on Match of the Day 2 just now with some archive footage and a brief summary of the sports broadcasting side of his career.
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tightrope78 UTV Newsline
Any obituaries that I have read have focused on his career and then mentioned the scandals in passing. The BBC themselves seem to be the only ones who concentrated on his indiscretions. Says a lot about the BBC really.
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Inspector Sands
He managed to make @ partial return with the 6 o’clock show on LWT

Frank Bough presented 6 o Clock Live.

The 6 o Clock Show was a different programme which ended a few years earlier. That was axed for the more serious Friday Live which didn't do very well, so they brought in Frank Bough alongside Danny Baker and Jenni Barnett



And here's the 3 of them
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Anyone else feel slightly uncomfortable with the focus the obituary on tonight’s Ten gave to Frank Bough’s scandal? I know it happened, and to have not mentioned it at all would have been wrong, but I’m not quite sure they got the tone and emphasis right in the circumstances. It just felt a bit mean-spirited to me.

It was notable that his scandal was focussed on not just in the obituary but also in Reeta’s introduction to it as well, so it was reinforced twice


Yes, I thought it was unnecessary to have mentioned it in the introduction, and also to have shown the tabloid headlines in the report. And a more positive line at the end of the report would have softened it somewhat. After all, there are broadcasters still regularly employed by the BBC who’ve done similar things. It was just unfortunate that in Frank Bough’s case that his behaviour seemed so at odds with his image.


Your thoughts 100% echo with mine. I thought the obituary on the BBC 10pm news was pretty shabby overall, and had completely the wrong tone. His career didn't end with the revelations either. He went on to do work for (from memory) LBC, LWT and Sky.

RIP Frank, for me you were one of the excellent things about the BBC in the 70s and 80s.
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
Quite a muted official response from the BBC, particularly given the role he played in establishing breakfast TV in the UK. It does seem that after he was sacked, the corporation tried to largely erase him from history.


In her autobiography, Fern Britton paints a pretty awful picture of Frank's behaviour behind the scenes on Breakfast Time, particularly towards women. I wonder if that might explain the muted response.
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Spencer Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Quite a muted official response from the BBC, particularly given the role he played in establishing breakfast TV in the UK. It does seem that after he was sacked, the corporation tried to largely erase him from history.


In her autobiography, Fern Britton paints a pretty awful picture of Frank's behaviour behind the scenes on Breakfast Time, particularly towards women. I wonder if that might explain the muted response.


Given he left the BBC over 30 years ago, I can’t imagine many people currently at BBC News would have ever worked with him to have formed a negative opinion of him.

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