A versatile conference facilitator and awards host, broadcaster Kirsty Wark is known for her hard-hitting questions and in-depth analysis of current affairs. She is one of the main anchors of BBC2's Newsnight; has interviewed everyone from Madonna to Margaret Thatcher; and has won numerous industry awards including a BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting.
Kirsty Wark is one of Britain's most highly regarded and versatile presenters and a superb conference facilitator and awards host.
Kirsty joined the BBC as a graduate researcher in 1976 for BBC Radio Scotland, going on to become a producer in radio current affairs. After a spell on Radio 4's The World At One, Kirsty moved to television in 1983 - working as a producer on Reporting Scotland and later producing and presenting the current affairs weekly Seven Days. Kirsty has interviewed many top politicians, but her most memorable interview was in 1990 when she conducted a headline-making interview with the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
Kirsty presented the 1987 General Election in Scotland and the three subsequent elections. She has also presented several major OB's and the openings of the Tate Modern and the Scottish Parliament. From 1990-1993 she presented the Arts programme The Late Show and in 1993 fronted the popular BBC heritage series One Foot In The Past - a role she continued into 2000. In October 1993 she joined BBC2's Newsnight and, since 2001, also presents Newsnight Review. She also presents the prestigious Man Booker literary awards for BBC2 and BBC4.
Away from presenting, Kirsty has taken on a number of appearances in television shows such as Dr Who, Ab Fab, and she also reached the final of Celebrity MasterChef 2011.
Forming her own independent television production company, she has presented much of the company's output, including Words With Wark, Restless Nation, Building A Nation, The Kirsty Wark Show, Lives Less Ordinary and her latest series Tales from Europe.
Kirsty was named journalist of the year by BAFTA Scotland in 1993 and Best Television Presenter in 1997. In addition, Kirsty was chosen as Scot of the Year 1998 - sponsored by Scotland On Sunday & Glenfiddich - and was awarded the 1999 News and Current Affairs prize by Carlton Women in Film and Television. She was also nominated for the prestigious Richard Dimbleby Award for Best Television Presenter (Factual, Features and News) in the BAFTAS 2000.
Kirsty has hosted a raft of events and is adept at facilitating, hosting awards, and after dinner speaking.