Ian Payne (sports broadcaster)

This article is about the sports broadcaster. For the newsreader of the same name, see Ian Payne (newsreader).

Ian Payne (born 16 December 1962)[1] is a British sports broadcaster who has appeared on Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports and most recently ITV News.

Early life and education

Payne was born in Germany in December 1962, he is the son of consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Peter Payne.[2] He was educated at Radley College, Abingdon, Royal Holloway College and Lancashire Polytechnic.[1]


Early BBC career

Payne began his career on the BBC's journalistic training programme in 1986 with BBC Radio Lancashire, and was once named as Northwest Young Journalist of the Year. He then became a producer with Radio 2, and latterly on other programmes including Radio 4's Today.[2] Payne then joined BBC Radio 5 Live, covering a wide variety of sports, as well as presenting Sport on 5. In 2000 he became the presenter of the weekday afternoon show.[2] Payne twice won a Sony Radio Award.[3]

Sky Sports

Payne joined Sky in 2003[3][4] initially presenting Monday Night Football,[5] but was replaced by Jeff Stelling from the start of the 2005–06 season. Payne presented FA Cup coverage during 2005–06, and the League Cup from 2003 to 2006.[6] Following Rob McCaffrey's departure from Sky, Payne hosted Gillette Soccer Special on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, before taking over as anchor of Goals on Sunday.[7]

Return to BBC

Payne returned to Radio 5 Live in June 2010,[8] again mainly presenting 5 Live Sport,[9] as well as standing in on Up All Night,[10] Tony Livesey's programme,[11] and Weekend Breakfast.[12][13]

In addition, Payne presented Scores, a Saturday sports programme on LBC,[14] and also wrote on their blog.[15] Payne also presented the London and South East edition of the BBC Football League programme Late Kick Off in March 2011.[16]

As a freelance, on 5 November 2010 Payne crossed National Union of Journalists picket lines to present a BBC Breakfast radio programme that was broadcast on 5 Live, Radio Ulster and Radio Scotland.[17] He also crossed NUJ picket lines to present 5 Live Breakfast with Julia Bradbury on 15 July 2011.[18][19]

ITV News

On 2 September 2013, Payne became the new ITV News Sports Correspondent, replacing BBC-bound Natalie Pirks.[20]

Other TV work

In June 2012, Payne started presenting on Sports Tonight Live, a new sports television channel that broadcasts on Primetime Channel 498 on Sky. Payne continued to work for the station from the start of the 2012–13 football season, presenting every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 7-10pm alongside his regular guest, former Arsenal midfielder Perry Groves.


Payne currently presents Scores on Global Radio's LBC, the sports based talk show which airs from 3pm to 6:30pm. From April 2015, the show started being delivered via Satelitte on Independent Radio News (IRN) Channel 2 via Astra 4a to BVRB owned local radio network Venus FM after their license agreement with Sports station Talksport to provide Sport programming to Venus FM was not renewed. Under standards from Ofcom, the station has to be provided with Saturday Afternoon Sport.

Personal life

A Leeds United fan,[21] he resides in Ealing, West London.


  1. 1 2 BBC Team - Ian Payne BBC Sport, 9 August 2000
  2. 1 2 3 The BBC Team - Ian Payne BBC Sport, 15 May 2000
  3. 1 2 5 Live's Payne jumps ship for Sky MediaGuardian, 14 May 2003
  4. Radio's Payne joins Sky BBC Sport, 14 May 2003
  5. More about Ian Payne LBC
  6. Presenter merry-go-round When Saturday Comes, January 2007
  7. Why Goals on Sunday is so much better than Match of the Day Liverpool Daily Post, 16 August 2009
  8. Robert Hanks: 'Today' may not be everything that it should be, but it's hard to do without The Independent, 6 November 2010
  9. 5 Live Sport BBC Radio 5 Live, 4 August 2010
  10. Steven Gerrard has just the ticket at Anfield despite his uncertain future Mail Online, 10 June 2010
  11. Tony Livesey BBC Radio 5 Live, 12 July 2010
  12. Weekend Breakfast Radio Times, 30 July 2011
  13. Weekend Breakfast Radio Times, 24 December 2011
  14. Ian Payne LBC
  15. Ian Payne's Blog LBC
  16. Late Kick Off London and the South East BBC One, 14 March 2011
  17. BBC strike: news chief joins stand-in reporters guardian.co.uk, 5 November 2010
  18. BBC journalists in one-day strike BBC News, 15 July 2011
  19. BBC strike leaves bulletins without star reporters on big news day guardian.co.uk, 15 July 2011
  20. "Ian Payne - Sports Correspondent". ITV News. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  21. O'Leary brought to book BBC Sport, 7 January 2002
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