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Who's who on the Politics Show

Politics Show team for the North East and Cumbria

The team at the Politics Show in the North East and Cumbria covers a large and diverse area, taking in a broad range of cities, towns and rural regions.

We report from Newcastle to Carlisle and from Alnwick to Keswick.

Richard Moss, political editor

Richard Moss
Richard began working for the Politics Show in Newcastle in 2002

Richard Moss was born in Bebington, on Merseyside, but moved to Cumbria as a child.

His first brush with politics was when he failed to get elected to his School Council. He vowed to wreak revenge on all politicians from then on in!

After going to school in Cockermouth he studied History at Cambridge.

His first job was reporting for the Cumberland News and News & Star in Carlisle, cutting his political teeth in the tough and unforgiving world of Silloth and Aspatria Town Councils.

He then moved into broadcasting at BBC Radio Cumbria, based in its Whitehaven studio for much of the time.

He began working for the Politics Show in Newcastle in 2002, and has presented the programme since 2004.

He is the Political Editor for the BBC in the North East and Cumbria, and has a well-behaved daughter and two unruly cats.

Mark Denten, political correspondent

Mark Denten
Mark is a life long Coventry City fan

Mark was born in Luton but grew up in the Midlands.

He studied English at Exeter University where he helped run the campus radio station.

After graduating he spent a spell selling advertising space for national newspapers before launching once again into the world of media.

He worked for commercial radio stations in East Anglia before joining the BBC in 1990 at Radio York.

He has had a lifelong passion for politics and became Political Reporter for the BBC in Leeds in 1996 before becoming Political Correspondent for BBC North East and Cumbria.

His claims to fame include interviewing former Cabinet Minister Virginia Bottomley on a roller coaster and getting former Prime Minister Tony Blair's views on the cup final.

He has also filmed from an open top car in the Bronx.

For his sins, he is a life long Coventry City fan.

He's married and has a lovely - but very noisy - baby daughter.

Paul Ging, producer
Paul Ging
Paul worked for Five Live and GMTV before joining the team

Paul was born and brought up on Tyneside and attended Manchester University. He followed up an early interest in all things political by studying Politics and Modern History.

He trained as a journalist at the London College of Printing and one planned year down south turned into 17.

He worked initially at BBC Radio Solent as a reporter and newsreader and then five years at BBC Greater London Radio as a presenter, producer and newsreader.

There was also an extended stint at Radio Five Live as a producer, documentary maker, newsreader and presenter followed by a couple of years at BBC Radio 2 as a producer.

This connection has been maintained by recently writing two series of documentaries for the station, the first for Stephen Fry and the second for Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Patti Austin.

He has also regularly written for national music magazines.

Most recently, he has spent years working at both GMTV as News Editor and Producer and BBC Breakfast News.

He is now combining his passion for politics and his native North East in his dream job!

Sarah Walton, reporter

Sarah Walton
Sarah got her first taste of broadcasting at the age of 15

Sarah joined the Politics Show after spending two years as a reporter and newsreader for BBC Newcastle.

She got her first taste of broadcasting at the age of 15 when her school sent her on a work placement to a small local radio station.

She spent years working for free at radio stations across the country and was part of the student newspaper and radio station at St Andrews University.

She then studied Broadcast Journalism at City University in London before moving back to the North East and joining the BBC.


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