Mary Marquis

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Mary Elizabeth Marquis MBE is a Scots televeesion news presenter, nou retired.

She wis a leadin interviewer an presenter on BBC Scotland frae the mid-1960s, an became the face o the netwirk's fore-nicht news programme Reporting Scotland till 1988, notably includin the whole o the 1970s Nationwide era when input frae BBC broadcasters based at the corporation's ither studios aroond the UK contributit tae a naitional programme.

Early life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Born in Glesga an a anerly bairn, her faimily muivit tae Kirn athort the watter in Argyll when she wis vera young, tae run a smaw hotel, efter her faither haed suffered a hert attack. As a bairn she suffered an attack o tuberculosis an uised a wheelchair for a time, which kindled a dream o becomin a actress. At the age o 17 she wan a place tae RADA, but insteid trained in Glesga, nearer tae her faimily.

Career[eedit | eedit soorce]

Suin efter the daith o her faither she jyned Border TV as a onscreen continuity annooncer, initially thinkin she wad anerly dae it "for a month", but it became her career for the next twinty-seiven years.[1] She wis the first body seen on screen at Border, openin the station's transmission wi the wirds "Good Evening and welcome to Border Television" when it went on air at 5:45 on 1 September 1961.[2][3]

Twa years later she muivit tae BBC Scotland, travellin aw ower Scotland tae interview fowk for A Quick Look Round (an later for her awn series First Person Singular form 1970 – 75), afore becomin ane o the three leadin presenters o Reporting Scotland at its inception in 1968, an subsequently the programme's main anchor for the next twinty years.[1][4][5] Wi the stairt o Nationwide in 1969, she became a frequent face on televeesion athort the whole o the UK, an several times covered for its regular presenters in Lunnon for twa or three weeks.[1]

In the 1970s she wis heid-huntit bi ITN tae become their first female newscaster. But Mary Marquis preferred tae stay in Glesga whaur she coud leuk efter her mither an faimily, an the job insteid went tae Anna Ford in 1978.[1]

Follaein the daith o her mither, an a chynge o management at the BBC, she steppit doun frae Reporting Scotland in 1988.[1] She haes subsequently been involvit wi various airts, medical an academic organisations, an did a series o live interviews at the Edinburgh Festival an aw.[6][7][8][9][10] She wis appointit Member o the Order o the Breetish Empire in the 1983 New Year Honours leet,[11] an honoured wi a special awaird for 'Special Contribution to Scottish Broadcasting' at the 2007 Scottis BAFTA awairds.[12]

Marquis returned tae BBC Scotland tae mark its muive intae new state-o-the-airt heidquairters at Pacific Quay an wis interviewed for the programme.[1] frae the auld studios in Queen Margaret Drive. RSAMD awairds a annual Mary Marquis prize for student performance in televeesion, commemoratin her time thare.[13]

Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]

In 1962 she marriet Jack Anderson, a Glaega (subsequently an aw Canada an Lunnon)-based airchitect an lecturer, an a son David wis born twa years later. Awtho expectin tae be dismissed, she continued tae appear on screen amaist till the birth (includin ane interview conductit on a ruif), an wis back in the studio efterwairds athin sax weeks.[1][14]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 As BBC Scotland marks its 75th birthday, Mary Marquis looks back, Daily Mail, 14 March 1998
  2. Mary Scott Parker (1999), Border Television: A History. Carlisle: Bookcase
  3. Border Television ITV50 part 1, via YouTube, at 1:20 (original sound only)
  4. Rebecca McQuillan, Here is the news ... 50 years on, Glasgow Herald, 18 September 2007
  5. Reported Scotland: 50 Years of BBC TV News, BBC Scotland, shown 30 September 2007. (programme trail, publicity); in particular 5:50 to 7:45 and 10:45 to 11:00
  6. Where are they now? Mary Marquis, Daily Record, 17 August 2002
  7. Has she got news for Terry Wogan, Edinburgh Evening News, 2 September 2000
  8. Michael Kelly, Glasgow Diary, The Scotsman, 6 January 2001
  9. Office bearers, Tenovus Scotland, 2009 (national committee).
  10. iSite, Royal Blind School, December 2006; page 3, picture top right
  11. "No. 49212". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1982. p. 15. 
  12. The Lloyds-TSB Bafta Scotland Awards 2007, BAFTA Scotland, November 2007. (Images)
  13. Scholarships and Prizes, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
  14. Reported Scotland at 6:15 to 7:00