Mark Longhurst has been a journalist and broadcaster for more than 20 years in newspapers, radio and television.
Mark’s award- winning career has seen two Royal Television Society nominations for his reporting and studio work. In 1993 he was voted News Broadcaster of the Year in the BT regional press awards.
At TVam he covered the Gulf War as defence correspondent and undertook several assignments to Berlin and Moscow as communism collapsed across Europe. He was also a regular member of the presenting team and newsreader for Breakfast with Frost.
His commitment to broadcasting extended to having a TVam film crew join him and his wife Sue on honeymoon in the Seychelles for a holiday feature.The only time my wife got rattled,” said Mark, “was when hundreds of viewers complained after seeing her trying to take a ride on a giant tortoise. It hadn’t even been our idea. The ranger running the wildlife sanctuary had insisted on the shot.”
After TVam Mark covered the 1992 general election for ITN’s Channel Four Daily And then went on to co-anchor the BBC’s regional news programme South Today.
He also fronted a live consumer show for ITV’s Meridian television and presented on the BBC’s international channel BBC World before becoming Sky’s business correspondent.
“Like everyone else on Sunrise I have a back-up team of at least three alarm clocks,” he says.But it doesn’t make it any easier when they go off at 3am!” “