Mark is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known and most versatile broadcasters. He joined BBC Northern Ireland in 1989 and since then he has presented countless radio and television programmes. He currently presents a string of political programmes on television including The View, Sunday Politics and Stormont Today.
He was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for his work in 2003 and in 2005 he and Donna Traynor lifted a prestigious Irish Film and Television Award for Best News Programme.
Mark studied political science at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating in 1987. In 1989 he was awarded a Master’s degree in Irish politics.
Beyond politics, Mark is a passionate advocate of the arts. He is the chairman of the board of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and was a leading figure in the successful campaign to rebuild the theatre at a cost of over £18m.
His book, Alternative Ulsters – Conversations on Identity , was published by Liberties Press in October 2013 and was nominated for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize. He is also co-editor, with Stephen Douds, of Stepping Stones: The Arts in Ulster 1971-2001 which was published by Blackstaff Press in 2001.
Mark was awarded an OBE for services to Drama in Northern Ireland in the 2011 New Year Honours. Married with three children, he lives in south Belfast.
Mark is a popular conference and awards host with many years’ experience fronting political, business, health, tourism and arts events.