Former BBC presenter Mark Mardell reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

Former BBC presenter Mark Mardell has revealed he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The 65-year-old previously served as editor of BBC News Europe and North America and hosted The World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4.

Mardell shared the news on Roger Bolton’s Beeb Watch podcast, saying: “I’m feeling fine and fit, but I have to share with you that I’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, which means my voice is pretty decent. strange and weak… I” had lost a bit of my boom.


Mark Mardell (Roger Bolton/PA Beeb Watch)

“And I’m used to being the quietest person in the room rather than the loudest.

“But in general it’s at a more annoying stage than anything terrible.”

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain are gradually damaged over many years, according to the NHS website.

The three main symptoms of this condition are involuntary shaking of specific parts of the body, known as tremors, slow movements, and stiff and inflexible muscles.

Reminiscing about when he first discovered the symptoms, Mardell explained: “I started thinking earlier this year, Waitrose is making their packaging really hard to come by these days.

“What is this about?

“And then I saw my arms suddenly rise above my head for no particular reason, or at least stay there.”

I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which means my voice is quite strange and weak… I have lost a bit of my voice.Mark Mardell

The broadcaster recounted that he met a friend who was a physiotherapist in May, who also noticed the symptoms and advised him to see a doctor.

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Mardell added that his biggest concern right now is the drug he has been prescribed, which doctors say can cause patients to act impulsively.

He said: “(I told them) to watch out for gambling, because that was something I never had. So if I start gambling, you know there’s a problem with the pills! “

This comes after former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman revealed his diagnosis last year and in 2019 BBC technology reporter Rory Cellan-Jones revealed he also has Parkinson’s disease.

Episode 2 of Roger Bolton’s Beeb Watch is available on all major platforms from Friday, September 30, 2022. Former BBC presenter Mark Mardell reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

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