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Stuart Cosgrove (born 12 November 1952) is a Scottish journalist, broadcaster and television executive. As a journalist Cosgrove served on the NME (Media Editor) 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 (Nations and Regions) until stepping down in 2015.[1]



Cosgrove graduated in Drama and English from the University of Hull and has studied at George Mason University, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Wharton Business School. He has a Ph.D. in Media (the thesis published as part of the book Theatres of the Left, 1880-1935) and a Doctorate in English and American Studies. He has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts by the University of Abertay Dundee and honorary professorships by the University of Stirling and Liverpool John Moores University.[2][3][4][5]


In Scotland, Cosgrove is probably best known as the co-host of BBC Radio Scotland's popular comedy football phone-in Off the Ball which he presents twice a week with Tam Cowan, and as the co-host of BBC Scotland's Saturday football Sportscene results show. Born and brought up in the Letham area of Perth, but living now in Dennistoun, he is an avid fan of the city's football club St Johnstone.[6] He also wrote a book, Hampden Babylon, revealing the seedier side of the Scottish football scene.

In 2005 he was named Broadcaster of the Year at the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards.

In 2007 and 2008 he presented "Stuart Cosgrove's Floorfillers" on BBC Radio Scotland, dedicated to Northern Soul music, of which he is a fan.

His "Haha, Fantastic, ye cannae beat it" quote is used by satirist and impressionist Jonathan Watson.

Personal lifeEdit

Cosgrove's father, a Perth native, was killed in a car accident in 1960, when Cosgrove was eight years old.[7]

In August 1963, Cosgrove and his family were stuck on a train near Carlisle railway station for six hours. It transpired that all of the trains on the Glasgow line were stopped because the Great Train Robbery had just occurred in Ledburn, England.[7]


  • Theatres of the Left, 1880-1935, Workers' Theatre Movements in Britain and America, by Raphael Samuel, Ewan MacColl and Stuart Cosgrove. 1985 ISBN 0-7100-0901-1
  • Flogging a Dead Horse: Heritage Culture and Its Role in Post-industrial Britain. Manchester: Cornerhouse, 1993. ISBN 0-948797-52-5. With photographs by Paul Reas and an afterword by Val Williams.
  • Detroit 67: The Year That Changed Soul, Polygon, 2016


  1. ^ "Channel4 appoints ian mackenzie as nations regions manager". 12 February 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  2. ^ "University of Abertay Dundee". The Scotsman. 5 July 2002. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Stuart Cosgrove, Director of Nations and Regions Channel 4". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 7 January 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Dr Stuart Cosgrove". National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  5. ^ "The Blueheaven Interview". Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Stuart Cosgrove". BBC Radio Scotland. BBC. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Channel 4 boss talks GBBO and soul" - The Cumberland News, 2 October 2016