Ian Payne (sports broadcaster)

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Ian Payne (born 16 December 1962)[1] is a British sports broadcaster. He is currently Sports Correspondent at ITV News and hosts a Saturday and Sunday afternoon current affairs phone-in show on LBC Between 3-6pm. He previously worked as a presenter for Radio 5 Live and Sky Sports.

Early life and education[edit]

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[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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[edit]

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[edit]

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, Tony Livesey's programme, and Weekend Breakfast.[10][11]

In addition, Payne presented Scores, a Saturday sports programme on LBC,[12] and also wrote on their blog.[13] Payne also presented the London and South East edition of the BBC Football League programme Late Kick Off in March 2011.[14]

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.[15] He also crossed NUJ picket lines to present 5 Live Breakfast with Julia Bradbury on 15 July 2011.[16][17]

ITV News[edit]

On 2 September 2013, Payne became the new ITV News Sports Correspondent, replacing BBC-bound Natalie Pirks.[18]

Other TV work[edit]

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 presented Scores on Global Radio's LBC, a sports based talk show which aired from 3pm to 6:30pm on Saturday afternoons. In 2015, Payne's show was changed from being sports based to being a news phone-in discussion programme, with the new airtime of 3pm to 6pm on Saturdays.

In April 2018, Payne's show moved to the 'Early Breakfast' timeslot of 4am to 7am on Saturdays.

From 2018, Payne presents a Saturday & Sunday afternoon show 3-6pm, plus a cover presenter for Saturday Breakfast and other weekday shows across LBC network.

From 2020, Payne presents drive on LBC News between 4-7pm Monday - Wednesday, plus from September 2020 presents Saturday morning show 4-7am & Sunday afternoon show 4-7pm, plus cover presenter on LBC network

Personal life[edit]

A Leeds United fan,[19] he resides in Ealing, West London and he is an FA qualified referee.


  1. ^ a b BBC Team - Ian Payne BBC Sport, 9 August 2000
  2. ^ a b c The BBC Team - Ian Payne BBC Sport, 15 May 2000
  3. ^ a b 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 Archived 2 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine 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 Archived 26 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine 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. ^ Weekend Breakfast Radio Times, 30 July 2011
  11. ^ Weekend Breakfast Radio Times, 24 December 2011
  12. ^ Ian Payne LBC
  13. ^ Ian Payne's Blog Archived 8 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine LBC
  14. ^ Late Kick Off London and the South East BBC One, 14 March 2011
  15. ^ BBC strike: news chief joins stand-in reporters guardian.co.uk, 5 November 2010
  16. ^ BBC journalists in one-day strike BBC News, 15 July 2011
  17. ^ BBC strike leaves bulletins without star reporters on big news day guardian.co.uk, 15 July 2011
  18. ^ "Ian Payne - Sports Correspondent". ITV News. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  19. ^ O'Leary brought to book BBC Sport, 7 January 2002

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