Mark Forrest most recently presented the BBC’s all-Local Radio Evening programme weekdays 7-10 pm for four succesful years. Expertly blending music, news, interviews and phone-ins, he brings an encyclopaedic knowledge of England to his show – he seems to have been everywhere – and a real curiosity about the stories of the people he talks to. Mark taps into some of the very best stories from around the country and present them to a national audience.
He is still well known for his 10 year stint working as drive and then breakfast host on Classic FM, but he has also worked on Virgin Radio, Heart, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio York, Talk Radio UK, Radio Tees, Metro Radio, Smooth Radio and Magic 105.4.
Mark is well placed to comment on current and emerging stars and trends in classical music. As presenter of the Classic FM Magazine Show for eight years he has interviewed all the big names of classical music and the general entertainment world. His interviews regularly appeared in print in the Classic FM Magazine as well as being seen on C Music TV. Mark also regularly presents live concerts for orchestras across the UK.
Mark’s is available to discuss and debate a full range of national and international news and current talking points as highlighted when deputising for Radio 5’s Up All Night and their late night show. Mark is particularly interested in the arts. On television Mark regularly appeared on BBC 2’s The Review Show commenting on films, theatre, books, exhibitions, architecture and television. He also reports on Inside Out for BBC1.
Mark was Classic FM's film critic for eight years, previously held the same position at Virgin Radio and on the Radio 2 Saturday Breakfast Show. Mark also hosted the TV show, Blue Screen, for Sky News; a magazine style look at movie special effects and multi-media around the world.
Mark worked at another of the UK's national stations Virgin Radio for seven years, he hosted The Confessional for Century Radio and has presented for Heart London and Smooth Radio.