If you’re looking for a DJing granddad, good news – your search is over. Equally, if you could use a highly popular TV and radio presenter, voiceover artist, programme divisor and script writer – also good!
Mark has crammed a lot into a full and varied life. He does indeed have four young grandchildren, and is acknowledged as something of an expert in the fields of jazz and soul, both as a journalist and club DJ, but his presenting and broadcasting career also displays a rich range of depth and variety.
His TV presenting career began in earnest on Thames TV’s arts and culture show 01 For London – territory he would revisit in documentary work for the likes of the National Geographic and Discovery Channels. He is also a notoriously pithy and popular protagonist on BBC Breakfast and News 24, as well as many Channel 4 and BBC listing shows. Also, his work as live tv anchor has proved to be one of his genuinely unique assets – fronting an array of football and American Sports shows for Channel 4 and Five for over 10 years. He is also currently to be seen interviewing the likes of James Corden, Phill Jupitus and Michael McIntyre for MSN Entertainment.
On radio, Mark has worked as a breakfast show host on KISS FM and XFM, but can now be frequently heard as a pop cultural pundit across the BBC’s manifold stations – contributing for Five Live, Radio 2, The Asian Network, Radio London and BBC Wales among others. That disembodied voice of his has also been put to use advertising BT, Telewest and various music releases while he can also be heard each week on the internationally distributed magazine show World Sports.
His talents have also seen him working regularly inside productions. He devised and wrote a series for Bravo – My God, I’m My Dad – written scripts for an awards show hosted by Dave Berry and The Best Of Only Fools & Horses special, jokes for Kevin Day’s stand up and has been a writer on such projects as a Sports Personality Of The Year and the forthcoming ESPN sports quiz, The Umpire Strikes Back.
He is also a dab hand at the babysitting but, as you’ll have noticed, he’s already got his hands full with that one.