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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Public Affairs, Manager, Medical Protection Society - MPS
Thanks for your brilliant chairing of the three events and for being so patient with my emails! As you probably know, the debates are being hailed as the ‘best health hotel event ever!’ (Health Hotel has been going for about seven years). One of the many great comments was that the level of debate was on a par with Newsnight. Please take that as a compliment. I very much hope we’ll get to work with you again in the future.