Stableford in 1997.|
|Full Name||Howard Stableford|
|Occupation||Presenter of Motor Week (UK)|
|On-screen debut||Motor Week: Series 1, Episode 17 (1998)|
|Final appearance||Motor Week: Series 7, Episode 25 (2001)|
Howard Stableford was a British television and radio presenter, who after presenting Tomorrow's World alongside the likes of Peter Macann, enjoyed a brief foray in the world of automotive journalism from 1998 until 2001.
Life and career[edit | edit source]
Born in 1959 in Poynton, Cheshire, Howard Stableford would grow up in Preston, Lancashire, where he attended Hutton Grammar School one year below future Formula 1 and Le Mans car designer Peter Elleray. He would read for a degree in Geography at Durham University, where he was a member of the illustrious University College, graduating in 1980. Upon graduating, he would join the BBC at Radio Lancashire before hosting a daily show at Radio Northampton upon its launch in 1982. From there, he moved into children's television, presenting programmes such as Puzzle Trail and Beat The Teacher, as well as some editions of Newsround in then-lead host John Craven's absence, before presenting Tomorrow's World from 1985 until 1997. He would move to Colorado and marry his wife Lizanne, with whom he would have two daughters in the 1990s.
With a vested interest in Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Stableford would join the Granada network following the conclusion of his role on Tomorrow's World, and present Motor Week for its digitally-based male interest channel Men & Motors. He would present Motor Week for a period of three years, from January 1998 until February 2001, after which point he left the programme following the conclusion of its seventh series. Footage he had previously recorded for Motor Week would later be adapted and re-used in other Men & Motors programmes such as Car File.
References[edit | edit source]
- (Archive link) Metro - Howard Stableford.
- BFI - Howard Stableford.
- Durham University Gazette - Class II, Division II.
- BBC Genome - Puzzle Trail. (12th September, 1983)
- BBC Genome - Beat The Teacher. (24th September, 1984)
- UKGameshows - Howard Stableford.
- Topfoto - Photo of Howard Stableford with his family in February 1997.