MEDIA: PROFILE; What’s the story, morning glory?: Huw Marks, Editor, the Consumer Show

BBC1 is sticking to what it’s good at with its new Consumer Show - part of the revamped morning schedule replacing the dumped Good Morning with Anne and Nick.

BBC1 is sticking to what it’s good at with its new Consumer Show - part

of the revamped morning schedule replacing the dumped Good Morning with

Anne and Nick.



The 40-minute Consumer Show, which is still only a working title, will

broadcast daily at 11 am from 14 October.



Programme editor Huw Marks, has moved to Birmingham’s Pebble Mill centre

from London, where he was editor of BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live magazine

programmes. But he returns each weekend to London and his wife and three

children.



It was Nationwide that gave Liverpool-born and north Wales bred Marks

his first foot in the door at the BBC when he sold the programme a story

about six firemen during the 1970s service strike. He had been working

as a reporter for North West Newspapers, which he joined straight from

school, and had covered the story for the Evening Leader in Chester.



The story resulted in Marks being offered a short term contract at the

BBC, and he has worked there sporadically for 15 years.



According to Marks, the Consumer Show will have shades of Watchdog, Top

Gear and the Clothes Show. He also wants to bring some of the strengths

of the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World and Countryfile.



‘It will be trying to provide information in its most general sense but

will go beyond what things do and cost. It will also be entertaining and

informative. The danger with consumer shows is the potential whinge

factor. There is always the slight danger that you can get to the end of

the programme and think that life is not worth living. I want people to

come from the programme and feel they have learned something,’ says

Marks.



‘It will also be interactive TV as we will have helplines, references

to pages on Ceefax and on the Internet.’



The move to the Consumer Show is a departure for Marks, who has worked

mainly in news and current affairs. His previous positions have included

assistant editor for the Six O’Clock News, One O’Clock News and

Breakfast Time and current affairs film producer for Newsnight and

Nationwide. He also worked in Australia for commercial station Channel 9

and national broadcaster ABC.



He was part of the senior launch team on BBC Radio 5 Live, where he was

behind programmes such as Parkinson on Sport and Women on Top, and was

editor of Radio 4’s You and Yours.



‘What I enjoyed about Radio 5 Live was bringing the sports and news

teams together. If I was 15 years younger I would like to cover sport,’

says Marks, who is a huge Everton fan.



Marks says he doesn’t miss the constant grind of hard news and current

affairs and is enjoying the change of pace from the daily agenda

setting. On the Consumer Show he will be overseeing a team of 40 people

but is determined to contribute ideas to the programme.



‘Obviously I can’t get involved with the nitty gritty because I am not

tied to the day-to-day agenda, but I like to be involved with editorial

as it’s the most exciting part of the job - the bit that gets the

adrenalin going,’ says Marks.



HIGHLIGHTS



1984 Film producer, Newsnight

1986 Output editor, BBC Breakfast News

1992 Output editor, BBC Six O’Clock News

1994 Launch team, BBC Radio 5 Live

1996 Editor, Consumer Show



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