Kirsty Wark has built up a reputation as one of the UK’s most formidable and versatile television journalists. She has been an anchor on Newsnight for fifteen years and during that time has also made a number of documentary series and hosted many live outside broadcasts. Kirsty also presents an occasional series of interviews for BBC4 with guests as wide ranging as George Clooney, Madonna, Pete Doherty, Woody Allen and Toni Morrison.
Born in Dumfries and now based in Glasgow, Kirsty’s broadcasting career began in 1976 when she joined the BBC as a graduate researcher working on Radio Scotland’s daily current affairs output. She then produced a range of radio programmes in Scotland before spending time in London as a producer on Radio Four’s The World at One and PM. In 1983 she moved to television to produce Reporting Scotland and was the first woman to edit the programme. She then produced the weekly current affairs programme Seven Days, which she also presented.
There followed three years as a presenter on Breakfast Time and later two years presenting The Late Show. For almost a decade she fronted the popular heritage series One Foot in the Past. She has hosted most of the major election coverage in Scotland and other major live events including The Wembley Nelson Mandela concert in 1990, The Millennium celebrations in Edinburgh, the Opening of the Scottish Parliament and the opening of Tate Modern.
Under the banner of the television company Wark Clements, which she founded with her husband Alan Clements, she has made several series including Restless Nation, The Kirsty Wark Show, Lives Less Ordinary and the acclaimed cultural show Tales From Europe which ran for three series. Wark Clements subsequently merged with Ideal World Productions and was then bought by RDF Media Group.
In 1990 Kirsty famously locked horns with Margaret Thatcher in a headline making interview. She has won several major awards for her work including BAFTA Scotland Journalist of the Year in 1993, Best Television Presenter in 1998, Scot of the Year in 1998 and was nominated for the Richard Dimbleby Award for Best Television Presenter in the BAFTAs in 2000. She has just finished recording a new series of The Book Quiz for the BBC.