Mark Austin Biography
Mark Austin is an English journalist and television presenter. He is currently working for Sky News. Mark is widely known as the former co-newscaster for the ITV Evening News, alongside Mary Nightingale.
He is also known as the former co-newscaster of the ITV News at Ten, alongside Julie Etchingham. From 2008 until 2011 Mark also presented the ITV documentary series Real Crime. He will present The News Hour and Sky News at 6 as part of schedule changes on Sky News from 23 September 2018 .
Mark Austin Age
Mark was born on 1 November 1958 in London, England. He is 60 years old as of 2018.
Mark Austin Family | Mark Austin Children
Mark Austin was born in London, England. He was born as Mark William Austin. Information about his parents and siblings is not yet known
Mark Austin Wife
Mark lives in Haslemere, Surrey with his wife Catherine, an A&E doctor, and their three children Jack, Madeleine, and Beatrice.
Mark Austin Newsreader | Mark Austin Itv | Mark Austin Itv News
In October 1986 Mark joined ITN, he produced the news for ITV, as Sports Correspondent. His first assignment he was given was to cover England’s successful Ashes tour of Australia, as well as the America’s Cup. Mark stayed in Australia for four months and during this time unexpectedly found himself reporting on the “Spycatcher” trial
He has covered all the major sporting events for ITV News, including the Olympics, Wimbledon, the British Open, rugby internationals, football news and cricket.
He covered the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington in September 2001 before reporting on the War in Afghanistan. He presented the first series of ITV reality series Survivor in 2001.
Mark was promoted to ITV News’ flagship news programme, the ITV Evening News in 2002 . In March 2003 Mark also reported on the invasion of Iraq , where coalition troops invaded to remove Saddam Hussein from power. This saw Mark spend long periods of time in Iraq. Mark travelled to Beijing in October 2006, as part of a series of reports on China’s economic growth. He had been to Beijing many times previously and covered the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989.
On 15 December 2005 Mark became chief presenter of ITV News when Trevor McDonald retired . On 3 January 2006 he took up the role of presenting the flagship ITV News programme . Mark also co-presented an ITV prime-time crime programme, Manhunt – Solving Britain’s Crimes, a live 90 minute programme appealing to the public for information on the UK’s most wanted criminals.
ITV confirmed on 31 October 2007, they would be resurrecting the News at Ten in 2008. Trevor McDonald would return as host with Sky News presenter Julie Etchingham co-anchoring the bulletin every night. Mark reported and presented for ITV News’ Olympics: Beijing 2008 coverage in August 2008 . ITV confirmed on 30 October 2008 thatTrevor McDonald was stepping down from News at Ten and Austin would replace him. In August 2009 it was announced that Mark would be replaced by Alastair Stewart on the ITV Evening News, in order for Austin to concentrate on his duties on News at Ten.
Mark presented Who Killed My Dad? The Death of Terry Lloyd on 22 March 2013 , which explained the death of his colleague Terry Lloyd. Mark also co-presented the programme with Lloyd’s daughter Chelsey.
Following the death of Nelson Mandela the previous day on 6 December 2013, Mark fronted a tribute programme Nelson Mandela: His Life and Legacy. Mark was replaced by Tom Bradby on ITV News at Ten in October 2015 . He then continued to present the ITV Evening News alongside Mary Nightingale.
Mark guest presented numerous episodes of Good Morning Britain alongside Ranvir Singh and Charlotte Hawkins in 2016 .
After thirty years with ITV News, In October 2016 it was announced , that Mark would be leaving at the end of the year. On 22 December 2016 he presented his last programme.
Mark Austin Daughter | Mark Austin Anorexia
Mark told how he struggled to cope with his daughter’s anorexia, once telling her in frustration: “If you really want to starve yourself to death, just get on with it.
Austin said he had made the wrong decision in trying to tackle his 18-year-old daughter’s illness, telling her she was “ being ridiculous” and must “get a grip”.
Saying he had felt “excluded and hated” by Maddy and “floundered” as she became increasingly unwell, he said: “What I failed utterly to grasp was that she was seriously mentally ill and could not see a future for herself.”
He published a joint article with his daughter laying bare the details of her anorexia, in a bid to raise awareness about the eating disorder and improve mental health provision.
Maddy who was described by her father as “much improved”, healthy and returned to university, told the Sunday Times magazine: “If I close my eyes, I can take myself back to the moment I heard my dad shout at me to ‘get on with’ starving myself to death, as I lay by the oven, desperately clutching two hot water bottles.”
Mark Austin Sky News
It was announced on 24 April 2017 that Austin would join Sky News as a U.S. correspondent.
Mark co-presented a one-off documentary for Channel 4 called Wasting Away: The Truth About Anorexia with his daughter Madeleine in August 2017 .
Mark began presenting The News Hour with Mark Austin on Sky News, broadcast from Sky Central between 5pm to 6pm each weekday in September 2018 .