Mark Pougatch: How to present the World Cup

Mark Pougatch: How to present the World Cup

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By his admission, Mark Pougatch is enjoying the highlight of his career.

He is the lead presenter for ITV coverage of the World Cup.

Mark spoke to me from Russia on the tournament itself, his presenting style, his career, the tricks of the trade and his advice for youngsters



3.30 The importance of England having a good tournament. The audience figures prove the depth of feeling for international football. 

5.10 The effect of social media on his coverage. Does it affect the output?

7.01 How has TV coped with the introduction of VAR

8.22 His preparation for games 

9.25 The presenter's job is to present "what is important and to leave out what is not"

10.19 Managing the analysis at half-time. Editorial relevance v getting everyone involved v time constraints 

12.04 Creating depth in analysis on TV vs radio

13.45 “It’s simply air miles” - the difference between presenting on TV and radio

15.45 Mark’s career path. “I aimed to go into radio and then see what happens”

16.54 How he worked his way up through local radio

18.30 His advice for wannabe young broadcasters… and who should NOT try it.

20.10 The new, ‘unofficial’ route to broadcasting v the traditional route

23.10 The need for official training and scrutiny 

25.00 His thoughts on fans’ YouTube channel and especially the future of ArsenalFanTV

28.40 Why he did not become a commentator. Presenting the iconic Sports Report on BBC radio for 16 years

31.25 His commentating and presenting heroes growing up

32.15 Who young presenters should follow now. The female presenters at the World Cup. Why Jacqui Oatley “took the bullet” for women in football presenting

33.45 The loss of security of tenure in television. Why presenting gives you more opportunity as a freelancer

36.04 The changes ahead in television sport – the ‘FANG’ group, the changes in the distribution rights in EPL

38.12 The importance of keeping your enthusiasm for sport

39.55 Will this World Cup be the highlight of his career? 

41.01 The effect on people back home when you have been in the living room for a month

42.35 His ‘wants’ from the World Cup


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