BEHIND every great man is a great woman, as was the case with the late Frank Bough.
Nesta Howells, so often the rock for the man in front of the camera, managed to do just that.
Who is Frank Bough's wife Nesta Howells?
Bough met Nesta Howells while he was doing his national service in the Royal Tank Regiment.
The pair married after Bough left the Army in 1959.
He was once one of the BBC’s top wage earners and highest profile presenters.
His career began in 1964 when he presented the show Sportsview, taking over from Peter Dimmock.
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Bough later established himself as a TV personality and became one of the highest-paid presenters on the BBC – earning a huge £200,000 at the time.
However, his BBC career came to an abrupt end in 1988 after they sacked him following a newspaper expose which revealed he allegedly took cocaine and visited Mayfair brothels.
After leaving the BBC, Bough went on to present on ITV and Sky TV but his reputation never recovered.
His wife stood by him despite the scandal and remained with him until his death.
She admitted though she had been angry and had considered leaving him.
She said in a Sky News programme: “Obviously I have thought, ‘Do I stay or do I go?’.
“We have been together a long time. We have brought up a family.
“We have still got a lot going for us. I do feel betrayed by it, but I do not feel that it is anything personal to do with me.”
Did they have any children?
They had three sons: David, Stephen and Andrew.
For some 20 years or so, Frank had been living with his wife in Holyport, Berkshire.
How did Frank Bough die?
He died on October 21, 2020, in a care home at the age of 87-years-old.
The direct cause of his death is still unknown.
He had a liver transplant in 2001 after he was diagnosed with cancer.
The operation was a success and he went on to live for another 19 years.
Tributes poured in for the presenter, with Piers Morgan tweeting: "RIP Frank Bough, 87.
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