Former BBC presenter Frank Bough dies aged 87

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Former TV presenter Frank Bough has died at the age of 87, the BBC has reported.

A family friend told the broadcaster that the presenter died on Wednesday in a care home.

Bough was one of the best-known TV hosts in the 1970s and 1980s, and was part of the launch of the BBC's Breakfast TV show in 1983.

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Terry Wogan (back), winner of the Old Court Whisky TV Personality of the Year Award, with three other winners of the monthly event, Kenny Everett (left), Ernie Wise (right), and Frank Bough. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Frank Bough, BBC Commentator (Photo by Barratts/PA Images via Getty Images)
The BBC World Cup commentary team: (from left to right) Wally Barnes, Frank Bough, Kenneth Wolstenholme (1920 - 2002), David Coleman, Alan Weeks, and referees Arthur Ellis and Ken Aston, UK, 31st May 1966. (Photo by Clive Limpkin/Daily Express/Getty Images)
Television presenter Frank Bough pictured on the set of the television show 'Grandstand', April 10th 1971. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Portrait of television presenter Frank Bough in conversation, photographed for Radio Times in connection with the television show 'Olympic Grandstand', August 1972. (Photo by Clive Barda/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Portrait of television presenter Frank Bough in his sitting room, February 1976. (Photo by Jeremy Grayson/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Television presenter Frank Bough pictured on the set of the television show 'Grandstand', September 22nd 1979. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Past and present presenters of BBC TV's Grandstand celebrate 21 years of the Saturday afternoon sports programme at the International Sports Writers' Club in London: (l-r) Cliff Morgan, David Coleman, Frank Bough, Tony Gubba (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Five famous former Boy Scouts, 1982. From left to right, actor Derek Nimmo (1930 - 1999), comedian Frankie Howerd (1917 - 1992), botanist David Bellamy, racing driver Stirling Moss and TV presenter Frank Bough. (Photo by John Downing/Getty Images)
Frank Bough and Selina Scott, the hosts of Breakfast Time. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
JANUARY 17TH : On this day in 1983 early morning breakfast television began with BBC's 'Breakfast Time'. BBC-TV launched their first Breakfast Time programme at 6:30 and at the closing stages gathered in the studio for a champagne and cake celebration. Left to right: Back row: Weatherman Francis Wilson, Nick Ross and David Icke. Front row: Jane Pauley, an American who runs her own breakfast show, Debbie Rix, Frank Bough kissing Selina Scott and astrologer Russell Grant. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Motorcyclist Barry Sheene (l) talks to presenter Frank Bough (r) after riding into the studio, the first time he had ridden a motorcycle unaided since the horrific crash in which he broke an arm and both legs. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The presenters of 'Breakfast Time', first national breakfast television programme, UK, 19th August 1983; including Frank Bough, Debbie Rix and Mike Smith. (Photo by John Minihan/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Television presenter Frank Bough fronting a special exhibition stand at Waterloo Station in London where commuters were given a glimpse of programmes on offer from Sky Television, the satellite broadcasting station. (Photo by Jim James - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
PA NEWS PHOTO 30/8/86 A LIBRARY FILE PICTURE OF FRANK BOUGH IN VICTORIA COACH STATION IN LONDON BEFORE SETTING OFF FOR A 26-HOUR COACH TRIP TO THE COSTA BRAVA IN SPAIN (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Frank Bough (left) will be back on the dawn patrol presenting London Newstalk Radio's weekend wake-up show. Brian Hayes (right) will present the show from Monday to Friday. (Photo by Sean Dempsey - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Frank Bough and his wife Nesta attending the Rainbow Ball in aid of terminally-ill children and their families at the Dorchester Hotel in London. (Photo by Peter Jordan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Champagne is poured by staff as BBC Breakfast Television goes on air. Back left to right are: Francis Wilson, Nick Ross, David Icke, Front: Jane Pauley, Debbie Rix, Frank Bough, Selina Scott and Russell Grant January 1983. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
British Rail Chairman Sir Peter Parker (far left) with the other nominees for the Tie of the Year contest, from left actor Johnny Briggs, entertainer Sir Harry Secombe, dancer Lionel Blair, anchorman Frank Bough, England Rugby Union Captain Steve Smith, and actor Chris Serle. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
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His career with the corporation ended in 1988 when he was sacked over a scandal.

Bough later spoke of his regret over the incident and said his behaviour had been "exceedingly stupid".

A spokesperson for the BBC said: "Frank excelled as a live presenter with the BBC for many years and we are very sorry to hear of his passing.

"We send our condolences to his family and friends."

Tributes to Bough were posted online by fellow BBC journalists and other broadcasters.

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan said: "RIP Frank Bough, Star of Grandstand, Nationwide and Breakfast Time.

"His career was ruined by scandal, but he was one of the great live TV presenters. Sad news."

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