Beretts, as he's most commonly known, started his career in radio working at 3GL in Geelong, and then Triple M in Melbourne.
Within a couple of years, he made the transition to television, and after a year at Channel 10, he joined the Seven Network in early-1995.
Mark has covered every summer and winter Olympic Games since Atlanta in 1996, and hosted the Sydney 2000 telecast. He is part of Seven's V8 Supercar commentary team, and a host of the Australian Open and Sydney to Hobart broadcasts. Beretts has also been a member of Seven's AFL commentary team.
He appeared in Series 7 of Dancing With The Stars, where he lasted 7 weeks.
Mark is a 10-times Australian Water Ski champion, a silver medallist at the Singapore International Masters, and held a U.S. record. He has a degree in Engineering. Mark has completed four Tour de Cure charity bike rides, each covering over 1,500km in 10 days.
Mark and his wife Rachel have two children, Ava and Daniel, and a dog, Jimmy.
60 SECONDS WITH BERETTS...
What is the best thing about your job?
Hanging with the team every morning. We never know what each new day brings, and we often end up chatting about something we never expected - with all our viewers joining in! It's great having first crack at the days sporting news too. We regularly having great stories to chase and talk about, and often some fantastic Australian results to celebrate.
Who do you most admire?
This team still impresses me every day. Kochie is a great role model as a successful dad, and a really nice bloke, as well as having a great sense of fairness and a savvy business mind. Sam has a beautifully honest way about her, which is completely charming. She really makes me laugh. Nat is the ultimate news professional and always incredibly prepared and across what's happening, but still with the ability to fire off the best one-liners. She comes out with the most incredible stuff. Edwina has been an amazing find for us, and has a wonderful way with people. She can get them to talk about themselves and join in with her in a bit of fun. Sports-wise, the AFL skill of Gary Ablett Jnr dazzles me. I'm a fan of Libby Trickett, Ricky Ponting, Joel Selwood, Adam Scott, Lucas Neill, Craig Lowndes, Russell Ingall, Stephanie Rice, Tim Cahill, Hayley Bateup, Cadel Evans..... should I stop? The people I most admire in TV are NBC's Matt Lauer, and our Bruse McAvaney and Sandy Roberts. They're the best.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My surfboard. I've used it 3 times, so it's cost me just over $300 a surf so far! I'm hoping to bring that rate down this summer.
What is your biggest regret?
Having a spray tan for Dancing With The Stars. That's just not me. Firstly I've never heard the end of it at work, and secondly it was just a really uncomfortable experience!
What is your greatest achievement?
Not passing out at the birth of either of our kids. My Dad did when my youngest brother was born and missed the whole event, so I was determined not too!
What is your hidden talent?
I'm still the oldest, biggest man in the world doing a backflip on water skis!
What is your most treasured possession?
What is your favourite food and drink?
Chocolate ice cream. Beer. And coke spiders.
Do you have any nicknames? How did you get them?
'Beretts', which Kochie started when I joined Sunrise, and it just stuck. At school I got 'Eski'.... please don't ask. 'Chevy', after Chevrolet realeased a car call the "Beretta". And 'Carby', short for carburettor, or car-beretta.
Finish this sentence. I love Sunrise because…
…it's a big group chat every morning. We have the news and we discuss it, but we don't take anything too seriously. That's a great Australian trait.