Cathy Newman is one of Channel 4 News’ main studio presenters, and was the first woman to co-host the show. She joined C4 News as political correspondent and she continues to write on Westminster for the Daily Telegraph.
As well as the main news show, Cathy has also fronted Channel 4 documentaries, on faith schools and police investigations. She presented the broadcaster’s Alternative Election Night, besides Jeremy Paxman in 2015; and contributed to the 2010 coverage as well. With Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Cathy also took an alternative look at the government’s cuts programme; in How to Save £100bn.
Since joining C4 News, Cathy Newman has broken a number of big political stories, including: the arrest of David Cameron’s trusted aide Steve Hilton; the revelation that the Home Office were employing illegal immigrants and Gordon Brown’s insistence that Labour donor Ronald Cohen receive a knighthood.
Cathy’s confrontation with Peter Mandelson, over his stand off with newspaper bosses; became a surprise YouTube hit. Whilst her stewardship of the Orwell Prize nominated FactCheck Blog; uncovered the truth behind everything from budgets and spending reviews, to crime figures and politician’s overuse of certain words.
Prior to Channel 4, Cathy Newman hosted GMTV’s The Sunday Programme; and served as the Financial Times’ chief political correspondent, after a period covering politics and the media for the business daily. Before the FT she worked as media business correspondent at the Independent, and away from more serious issues has appeared on Have I Got News For You.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Cathy Newman
Carlson Wagonlit UK Ltd
Very pleased with Cathy, she was a great host for the evening. She took the time to work through the script pre-event and tailored it to suit the audience. Comments made on the evening about Cathy were very positive, she made the audience laugh and those sat on her table said she was great.
Capita Health Partners
Excellent – professional, supportive and delivered as expected.
Absolutely perfect, she really complimented our event. Cathy had clearly done lots of prep and gave a really in-depth introduction to the presentation section of our afternoon, then led Q&A with carefully thought out questions. Our audience seemed impressed not only with the choice of speaker but her understanding of the subject matter. She stayed afterwards and very kindly spoke to several of our guests and was genuinely interesting company.