Saturday 24 February 2018

Move into digital media after career break paid off

Mark Little has sold Storyful to Rupert Murdoch
Mark Little has sold Storyful to Rupert Murdoch
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

BROADCASTER and Storyful founder Mark Little brought American political reporting into Irish homes during the Bill Clinton administration.

He was on the spot for many of the big moments in US history -- as he helped set up RTE's first Washington office.

He swiftly adopted a US reporting style, with plenty of eye-catching hand movements on camera, as his post as RTE's first Washington correspondent saw him cover three US presidential election campaigns, from 1995 to 2001.

In 2001, he was also named TV Journalist of the Year for his reporting on the situation in Afghanistan in the weeks prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

After returning from Washington, he went on to co-host 'Prime Time' alongside Miriam O'Callaghan until 2009 when he confirmed he was leaving RTE.

His year-long hiatus from his career in journalism to focus on digital media opportunities saw him set up Storyful Ltd in 2010.

The decision paid off as he did not return to the state broadcaster after the career break came to an end.

Mr Little, who has two children and is originally from Malahide, Dublin, also wrote and presented the documentary series 'Who's Afraid of Islam?', for which he travelled to Muslim communities throughout the Middle East, Europe and America.

He has penned several books, including 'Turn Left at Greenland', 'Zulu Time' and 'The New America: The Rise of the Obama Generation'.

Irish Independent

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