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Mark Byford was born in Castleford, West Yorkshire in 1958. He has lived in Winchester for more than three decades. An award-winning journalist and editor, he worked at the BBC for thirty-two years. He was the BBC’s Deputy Director General and Head of BBC Journalism from 2004 to 2011, responsible for all the BBC’s news and current affairs output across the UK and around the world. Previously, he was Director of the BBC World Service from 1998 to 2004 which, under his leadership, reached record audiences around the world. Married with five grown-up children, he is now an author of non-fiction. His first book, A Name On A Wall, was published in 2013. His second, The Annunciation: A Pilgrim’s Quest, was published in 2018. He is also a Lay Canon and member of Chapter at Winchester Cathedral, and has been a Trustee of the RNLI since 2012.

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