According to a report by Crikey.com.au, while editor-in-chief of metropolitan newspapers at Fairfax, Scott overturned a decision by the editorial staff at The Age newspaper's to call for a change of government at the 2004 federal election. Accoding to Crikey, "a decision was taken to call for a change of government. That decision was then overturned by Mark Scott, Fairfax's head of metropolitan newspapers, who apparently made the rather extraordinary claim that backing [Opposition Leader Mark] Latham wasn't in the commercial interests of the company." 
"After dropping out of a university law course, [Scott] taught history and English for two years at St Andrew's Cathedral School. He then joined the public sector as a press secretary and political adviser with the Greiner government, working closely with education ministers Terry Metherell and Virginia Chadwick." 
In 1992, Scott was admitted to Harvard University where he completed a masters degree in public administration. After this, he had "a brief stint at a Washington think tank", before he was appointed as education editor at the Sydney Morning Herald. "Within 18 months he was promoted to news editor. Under Fairfax chief executive Fred Hilmer, Mr Scott rose swiftly, and in 2000 he was put on the executive committee." 
Speeches by SCott
- Mark Scott, Remarks to the Sydney Institute, December 6, 2004.
- Mark Scott," The Editorial Values of the ABC, Address to The Sydney Institute, October 16, 2006.
- Mark Scott's big SMH speech, Crikey.com.au, December 10, 2004.
- "Mark Scott Appointed Managing Director Of The ABC", ABC Media Release, May 22, 2005.
- Fairfax exec named as ABC managing director, ABC News, May 22, 2006.
- Lisa Murray, Scott of the ABC: a family affair of service, Sydney Morning Herald, May 23, 2006.
- Helen Westerman, Kirsty Simpson and Debi Enker, Memo: ABC chief, The Age, May 23, 2006.
- David Braithwaite, 'Mark who?' to run ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, May 22, 2006.
- Virginia Trioli, "Introducing the ABC's new Managing Director, Mark Scott", ABC Radio 702 Sydney, May 22, 2006.
- Lisa Murray, "Life in top job not as easy as ABC", Sydney Morning Herald, April 28, 2007.
- Caroline Overington, "Scott of the ABC: Aunty's latest boss is its most surprising one yet - an evangelical Christian who's fluent in management-speak", The Australian, April 28, 2007.