Our Patron

Mark Murphy

BBC Radio Suffolk Presenter

Our patron, Mark Murphy, has been a big part of BBC Radio Suffolk since it first launched in 1990.

He became a Broadcast Journalist in 1994 and a Senior Broadcast Journalist in 2003.

For 13 years Mark has hosted the flagship and multi award-winning Mark Murphy Breakfast Show, making him the longest serving presenter of the programme.

He also presents a Saturday lunchtime ITFC football fanzine programme called Life’s a Pitch.

Mark first received national recognition in 2003 when he won a Sony Gold Award and was crowned the national Radio Academy News Broadcaster of the Year. The judges said “he was the epitome of what a news broadcaster should be”.

In total Mark has been at the Sony’s four times, scooping two gold awards, a silver and special recognition award for his sensitive coverage of the Suffolk Murders which saw five local girls killed by serial killer Steve Wright.

Mark is a campaigning journalist. He has campaigned on motorbike safety, scam mail, public toilet provision, knife crime, protecting hedgehogs and who could forget his award winning Don’t be a Tosser anti-litter campaign.

He’s also spearheaded the campaign to restore St Edmund to his rightful place as Patron Saint of England.

He is a fellow of Suffolk New College and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Suffolk.

He’s also a member and past president of Ipswich East Rotary club. Mark is also patron and trustee of various local charities including Suffolk Prickles Hedgehog Rescue.

Mark is especially proud to be a Suffolk boy and is passionate about making the county an even better place to live.

In his spare time Mark can be found either hunting around for bargains at auctions or on the terraces at Portman Road supporting his beloved Ipswich Town.

Have you found a hedgehog that looks sick,

lost, injured or dehydrated?

Call us on 07469 177 090.

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