BBC presenter Ashley Blake was jailed for two years today, after being convicted of hitting a teenage boy in the face with a large wooden pole.
Midlands Today reporter Blake was convicted of unlawful wounding last month.
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court heard Blake swung a patio umbrella pole above his head, striking 17-year-old Greg Jones in the face at the pub Blake then owned, The Place 2B in Sutton Coldfield.
The teenager, who had been attending an 18th birthday party at the venue, suffered facial injuries to his lip and chin.
Blake, 40, was also found guilty of intending to pervert the course of justice after throwing the pole into a neighbouring garden centre in an attempt to conceal it from police.
Following his convictions at Birmingham Crown Court on August 3, Judge Peter Carr warned Blake he faced a prison sentence and today jailed the presenter for two years.
The court heard Blake fetched the pole - measuring about 3ft long - from behind the bar after customer Steven Sproule punched 17-year-old Adam Finn in the face, leaving him unconscious. Blake then used the pole to strike Greg Jones, who was trying to act as a peacemaker.
Sproule, of Booths Farm Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The 38-year-old, who was serving a suspended sentence for driving offences at the time of the incident, was today handed a 13-month prison term.
Blake was also given a 6-month sentence, to run concurrently with the two-year term, for intending to pervert the course of justice.
Judge Carr told the pair: "This was a serious episode of public violence. What each of you did was so serious that an immediate custodial sentence cannot be avoided."
Blake had a string of previous convictions in the 1980s and 1990s for theft, handling stolen goods and driving while disqualified, the court heard.
He was officially sacked by the BBC two weeks after his conviction.
His defence barrister Nigel Rumfitt QC, said Blake had already been punished because his "career is in tatters".
On January 24 - the day before the incident - Mr Rumfitt said Blake was "an extremely successful man" but had then "panicked" and became a "ruined" one.
Mr Rumfitt added: "In a few moments he threw all that away. He overreacted to a violent situation that was not his making.
"He has been punished already. He has lost his job with the BBC. He was going places. His career is in tatters."
But taking 25 minutes to consider sentences for Blake and Sproule, Judge Carr told the presenter he had "nobody to blame" but himself for the loss of his television career.
The judge said: "Your career is over. You have nobody to blame for that but yourself.
"Whilst I appreciate all you have lost, I bear in mind a young man was injured, leaving a permanent scar."
Judge Carr also said he had to consider lies Blake told in police interviews and to the trial jury, adding: "An appropriate sentence in your case is one of two years."
Mouthing the words "I love you" to his weeping partner, Jessica Hayes, Blake was taken away to begin his sentence.