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Tam Cowan (born 21 April 1969) is a Scottish football journalist and radio presenter who was previously also a television presenter.

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Television presenter person who introduces or hosts television programs

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Early life

He was educated at Braidhurst High School in Motherwell where he was one of the school captains. [1]

Braidhurst High School

Braidhurst High School is a non-denominational secondary school located in the suburb of Motherwell known as Forgewood or more popularly known as forgey, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The school roll is estimated at around 600 pupils. The current head teacher of the school is Carolyn Rooney.


Cowan presented Scottish football comedy TV show Offside . He has also taken to live stand-up comedy by taking "Offside" to the stage in 2002. The show was recorded live at the King's Theatre, Glasgow for DVD. In February 2010, Cowan presented It's Never Too Late , a six-part documentary series for STV on literacy and numeracy difficulties among adults. Cowan was also a guest presenter for STV's overnight interactive strand The Nightshift and rejoined the station on Tuesday 20 September 2011 as a main co-presenter for the lifestyle magazine show The Hour , alongside Michelle McManus. [2] [3] The programme was axed four weeks after a move to a weekly prime time slot and a revamp of the programme led to low ratings. [4]

Kings Theatre, Glasgow theatre in Glasgow, Scotland

The King's Theatre is located in Glasgow, Scotland. It was built for Howard & Wyndham Ltd under its chairman Baillie Michael Simons as a sister theatre of their Theatre Royal in the city and was designed by Frank Matcham, opening in 1904. The theatre is primarily a receiving house for touring musicals, dance, comedy and circus-type performances. The theatre also provides a prominent stage for local amateur productions. The King's Theatre also stages an annual pantomime, produced by First Family Entertainment

For 16 years Cowan was a restaurant critic and reviewer, and additional columnist with the Daily Record newspaper. [5] He moved to their rival newspaper, The Scottish Sun , in March 2014. [5]

<i>Daily Record</i> (Scotland) Scottish tabloid newspaper

The Daily Record is a Scottish tabloid newspaper based in Glasgow. It is published six days a week, and its sister paper is the Sunday Mail. As part of Reach plc, it has a close kinship with the British-based Daily Mirror, with major stories of British significance being reported in both titles.

Cowan presents the comedy football radio show Off the Ball on BBC Radio Scotland, along with Daily Record journalist and good friend Stuart Cosgrove. Cowan was temporarily dropped from Off the Ball in 2013 for allegedly sexist remarks made about women's football in his Daily Record column. [6]

Off the Ball is a radio show broadcast twice on Saturdays from 12:00pm – 2:00pm and around 5:35pm – 7:00pm on BBC Radio Scotland. It takes a satirical and sideways view at football in Scotland, self-styling itself as "The most petty and ill-informed football show on radio!".

BBC Radio Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland is BBC Scotland's national English-language radio network. It broadcasts a wide variety of programmes. It replaced the Scottish BBC Radio 4 opt-out service of the same name from 23 November 1978.

Stuart Cosgrove is a Scottish journalist, broadcaster and television executive. As a journalist Cosgrove served on the NME and The Face during the 1980s, before joining Channel 4 in 1994, serving for eight years as Controller of Arts and Entertainment and then as Head of Programmes until stepping down in 2015.

Personal life

Cowan is a well known fan of Motherwell F.C.. He is married to Liz and the couple had a child in 2011. [7]

Motherwell F.C. association football club

Motherwell Football Club are a Scottish professional football club based in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire. The club compete in the Scottish Premiership. Motherwell have not dropped out of the top-flight of Scottish football since 1985, and have lifted one trophy in that time – the Scottish Cup in 1991.


1998–2007 Offside PresenterFor BBC Choice, 1998-2001
For BBC Scotland, 2002-2007
2010 It's Never Too Late Presenter6 Episodes
2011 The Hour Presenter4 Episodes
1995– Off the Ball Presenter

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  1. "School to celebrate 50th anniversary with year of events". STV News. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  2. English, Paul (19 September 2011). "Record man Tam Cowan to co-host The Hour as it returns to TV in new format".
  3. Tam Cowan joins Michelle McManus for The Hour’s new primetime show
  4. "STV drops magazine show The Hour". BBC News . 13 October 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  5. 1 2 Lambourne, Helen (3 March 2014). "'Sexist' columnist joins rival title after 16 years". HoldtheFrontPage. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  6. McLaughlin, Martyn (29 September 2013). "Tam Cowan off air over women's football comments". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  7. "Interview: Tam Cowan, broadcaster and Motherwell fan". The Scotsman. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2017.