Mark Chapman (broadcaster)

Mark Chapman (broadcaster)
Mark Chapman
Birth name Andrew Mark Chapman
Born 11 October 1973 (1973-10-11) (age 38)
Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Show 5 Live Sport
Station(s) BBC Radio Five Live
Time slot Various
Show Talk of the Terrace, Mark Chapman's World Cup Years
Style Sports Presenter
Country  United Kingdom

Andrew Mark "Chappers" Chapman (born 11 October 1973 in Rochdale, Lancashire), also known as Chappers, is the main sports presenter on Radio 5 Live as well as presenting for BBC Sport on television, his mother is Emily Chapman and his father is Peter Chapman.

He was the sports newsreader and Mills' sidekick on The Scott Mills Show on BBC Radio 1 in the afternoon.


Early life

Chapman was born in Rochdale but spent the majority of his youth in the town of Sale on the other side of the city of Manchester. He attended Manchester Grammar School, and during his time there developed an interest in radio broadcasting, wanting to work for Radio 1 from the age of 13. He went on to achieve a degree in French and Business Studies from the University of Hull[1].

Broadcasting career


Chapman worked as a continuity announcer on BBC Television before working on Radio 1.[2] He has worked on Sara Cox's Breakfast Show before his last role on Scott Mills's "Drive Time".[3]

On 24 December 2009, Chappers made his final appearance on the Scott Mills Show[4], stating that he had enjoyed the past 10 years at Radio 1, but it was now time to move on to a more serious commitment to sports presenting.

In February 2010, Chapman began a regular spot on BBC Radio 5 Live hosting a new Monday evening sports and discussion show from 7:00 to 10:30pm.[5]


In 2007, Chapman began presenting Five's Football Night, taking up the position following John Barnes' move to a more peripheral role on the show. He also narrates the Rugby League Raw show on BBC One that follows rugby league clubs taking part in the National League play-offs. He also presented Football Italia, on Five with Laura Esposto, when Five acquired the rights to show football matches from Serie A for the 2008/09 season from Bravo. He narrates the camera clip television show, When Sports Goes Bad. Chapman has also presented Match of the Day, The Football League Show and occasionally presents Final Score. Other work for the BBC includes hosting the London and South East edition of Late Kick Off, the BBC's regional Football League show, as well as a one-off documentary for Inside Sport about homosexuality in sport.[6]

Chapman joined ESPN in 2009 as part of their Premier League coverage, hosting Talk of the Terrace along with Kelly Cates, as well as The Umpire Strikes Back on ESPN Classic.[7] Chapman also presents the UK version of Steve Bunce.

On 29 December 2008, Chapman appeared on Celebrity Mastermind. His specialist subject was Premier League Football. He came second with 25 points.


Chapman wrote a monthly column for Shoot Monthly magazine. In 2010, he released his first book, entitled Heroes, Hairbands and Hissy Fits: Chappers' History of Modern Football, in which he gives a harsh critique of modern football and players both professional and part-time.


Chapman appeared in The Times first 2007/08 season The Game podcast hosted by Gabriele Marcotti in August 2007.[8] He also presents their cricket podcasts.

He also presented the Championship Manager Podcast Chappers' Premier League Podcast along with regular hosts Kevin Day and Graham Poll. However, as of the end of the 2010/2011 English Premier League season, the podcast is defunct.

Other activities

Along with his ESPN colleague Kelly Cates, Chapman works as the in-ground host of all of the senior short-form international cricket matches played in England.

Personal life

For Sport Relief in 2008, Chapman and Comedy Dave ran 32 miles at 32 Premier League clubs in England and Scotland.

Chapman completed the 2008 Flora London Marathon for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

He is a Manchester United football fan, and often made comments about his support for the club on The Scott Mills Show.


External links

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