Kirstys in fight for £10m TV show

HeadLine: Kirstys in fight for £10m TV show

Daily Record, 19/05/1998, p5
by Shaun Milne

Two award-winning Scots TV presenters are battling it out for a
£10million news show contract.
Newsnight anchor Kirsty Wark and Channel 5 News front-woman Kirsty
Young are involved in separate tenders to win the ITV deal.
Whoever succeeds would play a key role in shaping an hour-long weekly
current affairs show.
Six companies are understood to have submitted plans to ITV, who are
expected to announce their choice in a fortnight.
Alan Clements, partner in Glasgow-based independent production company
Wark Clements, confirmed that the bid involved his 43-year-oldwife,
Kirsty Wark.
But he said that she would not be fronting the show if their bid was
She would be behind the scenes as a director. Wark Clements joined with
Scottish Television Enterprises to mount the joint tender.
Carlton TV are believed to be behind a rival bid which teams up
29-year- old Kirsty Young with News at Ten presenter Trevor MacDonald.
Wark established herself as a leading broadcaster with programmes
Newsnight and Words with Wark.
She also won the Bafta Scotland Presenter of the Year Award last
MacDonald already has an established audience through News at Ten while
Young has picked up awards for her appearances on the US-style Channel
5 News.
This year she has won the Sir James Carreras Award for outstanding new
talent at the Royal Variety Awards and the Newsreader of the Year title
from the Television and Radio Industries Club.


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