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Mark Leishman

Presenter, Producer

Presenter, narrator, producer, director: Mark Leishman has done many things over his long broadcasting career. Leishman began in radio, then became a continuity announcer on television, before moving into TV presenting including on high profile game show Top Town. Alongside his partner Jo Raymond and Dexter, a golden labrador, he launched long-running game show Tux Wonder Dogs — which ran for a decade and presented the Young Farmer Contest for even longer. He has made a number of one-off documentaries, presented shows for channel Country TV, and done extended runs as a radio DJ on The Breeze and Magic. 

I feel really fortunate that I’ve had a good long run. In fact, both my brother and I feel the same — that we’ve been lucky in that regard . . . I think the big secret as well is being versatile. Presenting as a career can be very short-lived, but to be able to present, and do a bit of directing, voicing and writing particularly, then you're covering a lot of bases. Mark Leishman on his career, in his ScreenTalk interview for NZ On Screen, October 2012