Award winning broadcaster Edi Stark is one of Scotland’s most highly regarded journalists
Edi Stark is one of the most respected and award-winning radio programme makers in the UK.
In the prestigious, Sony Radio Academy industry awards (now the ARIAS) she has won Gold twice: Stark Talk with Joe Simpson for the Speech Award and Never too old to care in The News Special Award.
In the highly competitive Speech Broadcaster of the Year Award, against celebrated UK household names, she has won the Silver Award and is three times recipient of the Bronze Award.
She has been shortlisted in The Cetic Media awards three times and has an honorary degree from Aberdeen University.
In 1999, after a successful staff career in independent radio and freelance presentation for BBC Radio 4 and Radio Scotland, she established her own independent radio company, Stark Productions, which produces documentaries and the flagship conversation series Stark Talk for BBC Radio Scotland.
She grew up in Edinburgh and after studying English Literature, her career began as a school librarian in the Gorbals in Glasgow and Livingstone in West Lothian where she loved introducing pupils to books individually suited to them that could enrich and change their lives.
When she applied for a job at the new Northsound Radio in Aberdeen, she hoped to be a music librarian and researcher, but the Managing Director liked her voice and took her on board, with no radio experience, to create dynamic speech content to reflect and be relevant to the community. She says that it still feels like she’s learning and it remains a privilege to ask searching questions, highlight social issues, encourage involvement in the arts and culture and give voice to people’s lives.