Mark Richard Erskine Easton (born 12 March 1959) is the Home Editor for BBC News broadcasting on national television and radio news. He has written and presented numerous current affairs programmes including The Happiness Formula on BBC2 in 2006 and The Crime of Our Lives for BBC Radio 4 in 2007. His first book, Britain etc., was published in 2012. He also writes a blog for the BBC.
Born in Bearsden, near Glasgow, Easton moved with his parents from Scotland to Winchester at the age of ten. He attended Peter Symonds Grammar School in Winchester. He is the son of Stephen and Fiona Easton.
Easton joined his local newspaper, the Southern Evening Echo, in 1979 having decided upon a career in journalism after winning a game of Waddington's "Scoop" aged 13. He worked at Radio Victory from 1980-1, at Radio Aire from 1981-2 and at LBC from 1982-6.
In 1986, Easton joined the BBC as a reporter on London Plus, BBC Breakfast News, Newsnight and Here and Now. In 1996, Easton joined the newly launched Channel Five as Political Editor for Five News. Easton then moved in 1998 to Channel 4 News as Home and Social Affairs Editor.
Since 2004 Easton has been the Home Editor of BBC News reporting across the Corporation's range of platforms. As an editor, Easton appears mainly on the evening bulletins, BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten, as well as BBC Radio 4 programmes including Today. Easton also maintains a blog on the BBC News website.
Easton lives in Islington with his wife and four children.