Mark Hannaby

Programme leader in Broadcast Production and Presenting.

Mark joined the department from Canterbury Christ Church University, where he was a Senior Lecturer in Multimedia Journalism, in September 2015.

Before entering the higher education profession he spent fifteen years as a journalist for the BBC, ITV and The Leader newspaper.

Qualifications

BA(Hons) in English Language and Literature, Oxford University.

MSt. in English, Oxford University.

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Canterbury Christ Church University.

Overview

During much of his ten year BBC News and Current Affairs career Mark was based at Cardiff covering politics for television, radio and online outlets, often all on the same day, and often filming and editing his own material. He worked on programmes such as Wales Today, Good Morning Wales, Good Evening Wales, The Jason Mohammad Show, Dragon’s Eye, and The Politics Show.

He has interviewed Prime Minister David Cameron (twice), the previous Prime Minister Gordon Brown (once), and the various First Ministers of Wales (countless times).  Other notable interviewees he verbally sparred with include Nick Clegg, both Miliband brothers, Nigel Farage, Michael Portillo, John Prescott, Anne Widdecombe and the late Charles Kennedy.

Mark has been a live reporter at BBC General Election and Welsh Assembly election programmes on many occasions, and enjoyed speaking with Huw Edwards on screen, even if he has never met the great broadcaster in the flesh. He once successfully broadcast multiple live radio reports from outside a Labour party special conference from which all media were barred. A trusted politician contact inside the hall kindly texted him information on proceedings…

He also spent a very interesting few weeks ‘on loan’ covering sport for BBC North West Tonight from Salford’s Media City during the London 2012 Olympics.

Earlier in his career Mark worked for ITV Wales news, and before that as a reporter for North Wales Newspapers on The Leader newspaper in both his hometown Wrexham and in Chester. Beyond the world of politics his most notable interviewees have ranged from Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson to television personality Jordan.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Outside journalism, politics and media, his great passions are music of all kinds, literature, cinema and football.