Friday, 14 April 2017

40 Years of Snooker in Sheffield

The World Snooker Championships has been taking place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield for forty years! Apparently it's brought £100 million pounds to the city over the last four decades. I've been to the Crucible to interview the Chairman of World Snooker, Barry Hearn and former World Snooker Champion Cliff Thorburn. As a snooker fan this was a real joy to put together and my report was used on Look North...



...and a shorter version on the BBC News Channel...



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Monday, 3 April 2017

Bradford Markets

I've been to Bradford to find out about £15 million plans to redevelop the markets in the city.



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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Robot Surgery

I've been to the Hallamshire hospital in Sheffield which is to become the UK centre for pioneering robotic brain surgery which could change the lives of thousands of patients. Rosa the Robot uses a GPS-like system to map the human brain and carry out neuro surgery with the kind of pinpoint accuracy which was previously impossible.



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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Huddersfield Town at the Etihad

I had a thoroughly enjoyable night at the Etihad stadium reporting on Huddersfield Town's FA Cup 5th round replay against Manchester City. I've seen Town play four times in the last few weeks and have been really impressed by their free-flowing football and the enthusiastic, uplifting atmosphere created by the fans. Here's my report on Look North before the match...



Despite going one nil up, Huddersfield were outclassed and eventually went down 5-1. I did a live on Look North after the match...



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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Ice Ultra

I've been to the Peak District to film a really enjoyable story. It's about a man called Will Roberts who a year ago was overweight, out of shape and a heavy drinker. But watching his mum suffer from debilitating multiple sclerosis made him determined to get up off the sofa. In that short space of time he's become running obsessed. Now he's about to take part in the 150 mile Ice Ultra race in the sub-zero temperatures of arctic Sweden to raise funds for the MS Society.


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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Murder Investigation

A murder investigation has been launched after the fatal shooting of a man in Sheffield. The incident happened on Daniel Hill in the Upperthorpe area of the city. Residents say the victim was going to a family gathering when he was attacked...



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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Joe Root

I've been along to Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club to interview Matt Root, the father of Yorkshire batsman Joe Root, who has been named the new test captain of England. What's remarkable is that Joe Root is the second cricketer to become England captain from Sheffield Collegiate, following in the footsteps of Michael Vaughan.



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Saturday, 28 January 2017

FA Cup Preview

I've been digging into the FA Cup archive to preview the FA Cup fourth round this weekend. Both Leeds United and Huddersfield Town are in the race for promotion to the Premier League - but a cup run could be a good distraction and bring in extra funds. I've been digging into the archive...



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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Sport For All

I've been in Wakefield to meet double Paralympic gold medallist Danielle Brown who's launched a project that helps disabled children compete alongside their able-bodied classmates. Danielle - who's an Archer from Lothersdale near Skipton - became the first disabled person to represent England in an able-bodied event at the Commonwealth Games. She's now backing the 4 All Games.

Here's the report I put together on the story:



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And this is the lunch bulletin as live:



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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Gary Caldwell

I've been down to Chesterfield to meet their new manager Gary Caldwell. The former Wigan boss has the challenge of keeping the Spireites in League One.

Filming, editing and scripting this story in a few hours was a challenge as there's a lot to think about - who are you going to interview? What shots do you need to make a good package? How can I make this of interest to people who aren't into football? Fortunately I could film with the fans who'd been invited down to the press conference so I focused the story around them...



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Sunday, 15 January 2017

London Marathon

I've been offered the daunting but exciting opportunity of running the London Marathon for Tommy’s, a charity which I feel passionately deserves support.

Over the last two and a half years of trying for a baby, my wife and I have had two miscarriages. The pain and upset this has caused is hard to put into words. So many couples suffer a miscarriage - around 1 in 4 women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth.

And this is where Tommy’s comes in. They fund research into pregnancy problems and try to end the stigma around miscarriage. Tommy’s and its supporters refuse to accept that a baby's death is just 'one of those things'. Their target is to halve the number of babies that die during pregnancy or birth by 2030. There’s loads more about the charity here: www.tommys.org

My wife and I are determined to do something positive to help. We raised more than £3,500 after both doing Ride London in July 2016.

I've since been given the chance to do the London Marathon in April 2017 for Tommy’s and I simply could not turn it down. It'll be the first marathon I've ever done and to say I'm nervous about it is an understatement! I want to continue where we left off and aim to raise a total of £5,000 for both Ride London and the London Marathon. 

If you'd like to donate: 

Thanks for your support.

Mark

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Dentist Iraq

I've been to film a story with a really inspiring young Muslim man. Dr Mohammad Mozaffree is a dentist from Leeds has been giving up his time and money to volunteer in war-torn Iraq in what he describes as the worst health conditions he's ever seen. He treats hundreds of patients, including orphans and widows of victims of the so-called Islamic State, through the charity A World Without Barriers...