Mark Ellen (born 16 September 1953) is a British magazine editor,
journalist and broadcaster who lives in West London.
Ellen was born in Hampshire, England. Whilst at
Oxford University in
the 1970s, he briefly played bass alongside
Tony Blair in Ugly
Rumours, a band that according to Ellen was created primarily to
After graduating, he wrote for Record Mirror,
NME and Time Out before
signing up as Features Editor of
Smash Hits in 1981, where he became
the editor in 1983. He was the launch editor of Q, the re-launch
editor of Select, and the launch managing editor of Mojo. He later
became the editor-in-chief of
EMAP Metro overseeing 14 consumer
magazines, but he left Emap after 16 years to join the independent
publishing company Development Hell in 2002.
He also has a long broadcasting career which includes contributions to
BBC Radio 1 as stand-ins for David "Kid" Jensen and John Peel. He
presented the BBC's The Old Grey Whistle Test from 1982 to 1987. He
also co-presented the
Live Aid TV broadcast in 1985.
Ellen was the editor of The Word, a UK music magazine which he started
with long-time colleague, business partner and The Old Grey Whistle
Test co-presenter David Hepworth. The first issue was published in
February 2003 and the magazine celebrated its 50th issue in March
2007. The closure of the magazine was announced in June 2012.
His awards include the PPA's Magazine Of The Year for Q and the
British Society Of Magazine Editors' special Mark Boxer Award in 2003.
He won also the BSME's Editor's Editor Award in 2005 and again in
He is a keen diver, cyclist, and a connoisseur of champagne.
He supports QPR FC.
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