Movers and Shakers Podcast
Mark Mardell photographed at the Ladbroke Arms Pub where the podcast Movers and Shakers in recorded. Mark Mardell is a British journalist, formerly the presenter of The World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4. He had previously served as BBC News's Europe editor, and provided coverage for each United Kingdom general election between 1992 and 2005, before he became North America editor. Movers and Shakers is a podcast that finds six friends – Rory Cellan-Jones, Gillian Lacey-Solymar, Mark Mardell, Paul Mayhew-Archer, Sir Nicholas Mostyn, and Jeremy Paxman – gathered in a Notting Hill pub to discuss the realities of life with Parkinson's Disease. Mark Mardell began his career reporting and reading the news for commercial station Radio Tees. He then worked at Radio Aire in Leeds before moving to Independent Radio News in London, where he became industrial editor covering the miners' strike and then the Wapping print dispute. He first appeared on television on Channel 4's The Sharp End. He joined the BBC in 1989 as political correspondent for the BBC Six O'Clock News.
From 1992 to 2000, Mardell worked as political editor for BBC Two's Newsnight programme. During this time he covered many political stories, including the fall of John Major's government and the rise of Tony Blair and New Labour. He returned to the Six O'Clock News, before becoming chief political correspondent and moving to the BBC Ten O'Clock News in 2003. Two years later he became the BBC's first Europe editor, covering the impact of European Union laws on people in and beyond the EU, from illegal immigration in Poland to environmental change in Spain.
Mardell regularly presented Broadcasting House and The World at One on BBC Radio 4, and presented a humorous review on This Week, BBC One's political chat show. He left his post as Europe editor to replace Justin Webb as BBC North America editor when Webb became a presenter on Radio 4's Today programme. At the end of April 2014, it emerged that Mardell wa