Host

We are delighted to announce Mark Durden-Smith as this year’s host.

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Mark is one of Britain’s most versatile presenters and is ideally suited for facilitating conferences and as a consummate awards host. Best known for his charm and spontaneous wit, Mark hosted the spin-off shows from I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of here!, Hell’s Kitchen and Soapstar Superstar.

The son of Judith Chalmers and sports commentator Neil Durden-Smith, Mark had TV presenting in his blood. Mark started his career at GLR and BBC regional newsrooms before becoming a researcher for Saturday Night Clive and Clive Anderson Talks Back.

Mark currently presents the Aviva Premiership Rugby highlights on ITV. Prior to Aviva’s move to ITV in 2013, Mark fronted the Premiership Rugby coverage on ESPN, with Austin Healey. Mark has also hosted Sky Sports Centre on Sky Sports and was the front man of Sky’s BAFTA winning rugby coverage from 1997.

He has presented ITV’s flagship show This Morning, teaming up with Kate Thornton and Myleene Klass. Mark is also a regular newspaper pundit on Lorraine Kelly’s sofa on ITV’s Lorraine.
Mark is a regular guest presenter for The Breakfast Show on BBC London Radio alongside Gaby Roslin.

Mark was the anchor for the launch of RI:SE Channel 4’s breakfast show back in 2002. In 2007 he presented ITV1’s holiday series Wish You Were Here – Now and Then.

Mark has presented several series of ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now!, two series’ of the successful nail-biting show Gutted on Home, as well as The Underdog Show with Tara Palmer-Tomkinson on LIVING. He also fronted ITV1’s Boat Race coverage, which was nominated for a Broadcast Award.

Other presenting credits include; three series of The Match with Zoe Ball (Sky One), Millionaire Manor the National Lottery show (BBC1), two series of ITV2’s Hell’s Kitchen Extra Portions and Package Holidays Undercover ( ITV 1).

Mark has hosted a variety of events, for clients including O2 (Scrum In the Park), Britvic, The Carphone Warehouse, Jet Airways, The Police Bravery Awards and the Nottingham Restaurant Awards.

Mark is provided by Speakers Corner

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