Mary Nightingale started her journalism career at TV Tokyo, working on World Business Satellite. She then worked as a presenter and writer for BBC World Service Television’s World Business Report, covering economic and corporate news.
She has also worked for Reuters, presenting their early morning financial programme, presented for BBC Radio Five Live, reporting on BBC Ski Sunday, and fronted the overage of the Rugby World Cup from South Africa.
Best known for her work on ITV, Mary has been involved in some of the UK’s biggest stories, including royal weddings, royal funerals, and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Her success has seen her achieving the Newscaster of the Year award from the Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) in 2002 and 2004.
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Mary Nightingale studied English at London University but started her career as a Eurobond dealer in the City, followed by a period at Airmiles. It wasn’t until 1990 that she had her first taste of television, working for TV Tokyo: World Business Satellite, where she spent the next five years reporting on financial news from across Europe. It was here that she covered topics, including the release of Nelson Mandela and the toppling of Margaret Thatcher.
She first broadcasted to a UK audience in 1993, presenting the late-night bulletin on London Tonight and then joining Alastair Stewart as co-presenter in 1996. Mary took a break from news reading in 1999, instead presenting the popular ITV travel show Wish You Were Here (1999-2001). During this time, she crossed the Atlantic on the QE2 and the Concorde, herded cattle by horseback in Arizona, and learnt to scuba dive. But the buzz of the newsroom called her home, and she joined ITV in 2000 for their relaunch of the evening news. Whilst there, the programme won three RTS Awards.
Mary is now the main anchor for the programme and has been nominated for several awards, including a BAFTA for her coverage of the Queen Mother’s death.
As a reporter, Mary has hosted live royal events, including at Westminster Abbey during the 2011 Royal Wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales – then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – William and Catherine; she also presented a one-hour special for ITV documenting their visit to Canada, Kate in Canada. She also covered the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in 2018, Prince Philip’s funeral in 2021, and the lying in state and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
Mary has dipped her toe in other presenting jobs, including Britain’s Best Dish (2011), Holidays Undercover (2003; 2006), Maddie: A Global Obsession (2014), and The Year of Weird Weather (2006), and covered the 1999 eclipse, 1995 Rugby World Cup, and Ski Sunday. She has also interviewed some of the most inspiring individuals from around the world, including Stephen Fry and Gordon Ramsey.
Mary’s professionalism and passion have seen her chosen to host a number of prestigious award ceremonies, including the Carlton Restaurant Awards, UK Business Excellence Awards, and The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies Awards, as well as hosting debates, interviews and conferences.
Clients include the Financial Services Authority, HSBC, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Peugeot, and The Royal Bank of Scotland.
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Mary was absolutely wonderful, what a lovely lady and so accommodating. We would love to work with her again in the future.
Louise Wilson, Head of Events, Simply Biz Group
Mary’s contribution to the success of what happened on stage in Lisbon for KPMG cannot be understated. She demonstrated a keen grasp of a very complex subject, making all the links, interviews and discussions on-stage meaningful and relevant. Mary recognises the value of humour and has the capacity to give confidence to the often nervous speakers and panellists, allowing them to perform at their best. She is great with the clients and is extremely flexible – no matter what we in production ask of her. all this combined to make this event much talked about and memorable, with engaged delegates and very happy clients.
Christophe Stourton, Catalysm Purple