Mary Nightingale

Mary Nightingale (born 26 May 1963) is an English newsreader, journalist and television presenter, best known for her roles within ITV, as a newsreader for ITN on ITV News, and as a presenter of the daytime cookery series Britain's Best Dish in 2011.

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Mary Nightingale at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in 2011
Mary Nightingale

(1963-05-26) 26 May 1963 (age 57)
EducationKing Edward VI School
Alma materBedford College, University of London
OccupationNewsreader and journalist
Years active1990–present
EmployerITV News
AgentNoel Gay
Notable credit(s)
ITV News (2001–present) (2018–present)
Paul Fenwick
(m. 2000)
WebsiteOfficial website


Nightingale was educated at St Margaret's School, an independent school for girls, near the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter, Devon,[1] and King Edward VI School in Totnes, Devon. She obtained a BA in English from Bedford College, University of London, now merged with Royal Holloway, University of London.[2][3]

Early careerEdit

Nightingale started her journalism career as a presenter and writer on World Business Satellite for TV Tokyo.[4] She then went on to work for BBC World's World Business Report as a presenter and writer, covering economic and corporate news.[5]

Nightingale also worked for Reuters Financial Television in 1994 as a presenter on the early morning financial programme.[4][6][clarification needed][7]

TV careerEdit


She co-presented Carlton Country, a factual series about life in the countryside, as well as presenting the Holiday Programme on BBC One.[8] In May 1994 she became the first presenter of After 5 the London News Network early-evening show. In 1991, she worked as co-presenter on ITV's coverage of the Rugby World Cup in Britain, France and Ireland, and in 1995, presented from the following tournament in South Africa on the regular evening highlights programme.[9] In 1996, Nightingale presented BBC Two's Ski Sunday.[6][10]

Until April 1999, Nightingale was co-presenter with Alastair Stewart of London News Network's flagship news programme London Tonight[9] and was the sole presenter of London Today, Carlton's lunchtime news bulletin.[9] She also presented the daily late news bulletins of London Tonight.[citation needed]


Nightingale anchored ITV's flagship holiday programme Wish You Were Here...? from 1999–2001,[8][11] and also presented The Really Good Food Show.[8]

In 2001, Nightingale was promoted to the ITV Evening News and she left her position on London Tonight.[citation needed] She was also part of the ITN team covering the 2001 general election.[11]

In 2002, she broke the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Nightingale has also fronted various ITV programmes including: Holidays Undercover in 2006,[9] The Girl Who Would Be Queen,[9] and Diana - A Service of Thanksgiving in 2007.[12]


Nightingale was also an occasional presenter of the ITV Lunchtime News and ITV News weekend bulletins, and previously acted as a relief presenter on ITV News at Ten before the programme's restructure in October 2015.[13]

In April 2011, she took over from Mark Nicholas[14] as the host of the ITV daytime cookery programme Britain's Best Dish.[15]

On 23 September 2012 she presented William & Kate: The South Seas Tour on ITV.[16]

On 13 December 2016 it was announced Nightingale would become the sole presenter of the ITV Evening News from January 2017 onwards.[17]


In 2002 and 2004, she won TRIC Awards in the category "Newscaster of the Year".[18][19]

Personal lifeEdit

Nightingale has been married since April 2000 to Paul Fenwick, the former Human Resource director of Trailfinders.[20][21] They have two children.[22]


  • Carlton Country
  • The Holiday Programme
  • After 5 (1994–?)
  • Ski Sunday (1996)
  • London Tonight (?–1999) – Newscaster
  • London Today (?–1999) – Newscaster
  • Wish You Were Here...? (1999–2001) – Presenter
  • ITV News (2001–present) – Newscaster
  • The Really Good Food Show – Presenter
  • Holidays Undercover (2006) – Presenter
  • The Girl Who Would Be Queen (2007) – Presenter
  • Diana - A Service of Thanksgiving (2007) – Presenter
  • The Royal Wedding (2011 and 2018) – Reporter
  • Britain's Best Dish (2011) – Presenter
  • The Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2012) – Reporter
  • William & Kate: The South Seas Tour (2012) – Presenter


  1. ^ School details - St Margaret's (Exeter) Archived 4 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Guide to Independent Schools
  2. ^ Toffs at the top Archived 16 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Press Gazette, 16 June 2006
  3. ^ Royal Holloway and Bedford alumni Magazine "Higher" - Issue 14 - Summer 2011, p.35
  4. ^ a b Meet the Team ITV News
  5. ^ Presenters - Mary Nightingale JLA
  6. ^ a b Biography - Mary Nightingale TV Newsroom
  7. ^ Reuters axes financial TV BBC News, 29 November 2001
  8. ^ a b c Nightingale ends her travels MediaGuardian, 28 June 2001
  9. ^ a b c d e CV - Mary Nightingale Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Noel Gay
  10. ^ 25 things about Ski Sunday... BBC Sport, 12 December 2003
  11. ^ a b ITV unveils election team BBC News, 24 April 2001
  12. ^ Full guide to the Diana service London Evening Standard, 30 August 2007
  13. ^ ITV News at Ten and Weather UK TV Guide, 21 March 2011
  14. ^ Britain's Best Dish - ITV1, 5pm and Great British Menu - BBC2, 6.30pm Daily Mirror, 4 April 2011
  15. ^ Britain's Best Dish Archived 15 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine ITV Press Centre, 24 March 2011
  16. ^ "William & Kate: The South Seas Tour".
  17. ^ Mary Nightingale to be sole anchor of ITV Evening News in 2017 Jasper Cox, Press Gazette, 13 December 2016
  18. ^ Full list of winners for the Tric Awards MediaGuardian, 12 March 2002
  19. ^ 2004 TRIC Award Winners Archived 14 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine Television and Radio Industries Club, 2004
  20. ^ Here's the news: I'm pregnant; MARY'S JOY OVER BABY Daily Mirror, 25 July 2002
  21. ^ It's a Wish come true for travel buff Mary Daily Mirror, 31 March 1999
  22. ^ Confessions of a chalet girl The Daily Telegraph (London), 4 February 2011

External linksEdit

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Preceded by
Kirsty Young
Female host, ITV Evening News
2001 – present
Succeeded by