Mark Carruthers

Broadcaster and Political Scientist

Mark joined BBC Northern Ireland in 1989 and since then he has presented countless radio and television programmes. He currently presents a stable of political programmes on television including Sunday Politics, Stormont Today and the new weekly flagship programme The View. In recent years his commitments have also included Good Morning Ulster, Let’s Talk, Spotlight and BBC Newsline.

Mark has presented special television reports for BBC Newsline from India and Sri Lanka, and in 2007 he was a guest speaker at an international conference on journalism and conflict resolution in Colombia. 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.

Mark has acted as chair at many events including the following list:

Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Belfast
Business and Ministerial Energy conference, Edinburgh
Deloitte Fast 50 Technology Awards, Dublin
Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards, Powerscourt
Northern Ireland Hotels Federation Hospitality Exchange
2012 Olympics event for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport
Royal Society of Ulster Architects Design Awards, Belfast

He has published two books on the arts in Northern Ireland and was awarded an OBE for services to Drama in Northern Ireland in the 2011 New Year Honours List.

"Mark Carruthers was a wonderful host for our Question time event last week in Armagh. He was professional and had done his homework before the event and on the day arrived early and met with everyone and put them at their ease. He chaired the discussions in an informed way and brought both panel members and audience into the picture. The time flew by and there was a lot of interesting information shared and opened up which was our aim. He seemed genuinely interested in the topic and that came through to others" - Ncompass, Leargas

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the sterling work you have undertaken in relation to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's Indusrty Development programme of events 2009-2010. Your hands-on approach and significant input was invaluable to ensuring the success of these events. I appreciate the work undertaken to comprehend the vast array of projects and topics for discussion at each of the individual events and commend you for your knowledge and professionalism throughout." - Robert Cully, Northern Ireland Tourist Board

"I just wanted to drop you a note to say deepest thanks for your contributions at all our NITB events over the past number of months...all the events have gone very well and feedback to date has been very positive." - DawnMcCay, Account Director, MCI Belfast Office

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