Kate Adie presents ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ and makes various shows for BBC TV and Radio 4. After a BA Hons in Scandinavian Studies, Kate launched her BBC career as a station assistant at Radio Durham.
Kate Adie moved to BBC Radio Bristol, where her colleagues included Michael Buerk. Kate moved on to TV news in London, where she covered stories about: industrial trouble, weather, race riots, demonstrations, disasters, politics, murder, social unrest, sport and the royals; not to mention Miss World, Crufts, pools winners downing champagne and drama productions which had angered Mary Whitehouse.
Kate Adie has travelled a lot during her BBC career. She reported on a series of kidnaps in Sardinia; Kate was arrested in Belgrade, trying to gather material about General Tito. She reported from the Balkans again in the early 90’s, from Russia, the US, Africa and Northern Ireland. She was with the Coalition forces, as they chased Saddam Hussein’s troops out of Kuwait in 1991.
The two foreign assignments Kate Adie is most often associated with are; the American bombing of the Libyan capital Tripoli in 1986 and the Chinese authorities’ killing of protesters in Tiananmen Square, Beijing in 1989.
Kate was on duty in London in 1980, when the siege of the Iranian Embassy was brought to an end by the SAS. Her commentary, which interrupted the World Snooker Championships, was heard in millions of homes. She served from 1989 until 2003 as the BBC’s Chief News Correspondent.
Kate Adie has served as a judge for literary prizes including the Booker, Whitbread, Costa and Orange; and as a trustee of the Imperial War Museum.
Kate Adie is also involved with a number of charities, she is in demand in Britain and overseas as a public speaker. Besides this Kate has written four books: her autobiography ‘The Kindness of Strangers’, ‘Corsets to Camouflage’, ‘Nobody’s Child’ and ‘Into Danger’.
Kate has won: several RTS Awards, the Monte Carlo International Television Awards twice as well as The BAFTA Richard Dimbleby Award. In 2018 Kate was awarded both the prestigious BAFTA TV Fellowship and a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
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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 Kate Adie
Kate was excellent in tailoring her speech to fit in with our dinner and the audience. Kate also took part in a Q & A which she doesn’t normally do and also fitted in with our timings/schedule perfectly. Feedback has been great. Kate’s speech had enough of the interesting/serious parts balanced with the funny elements to keep the audience interested and entertained throughout.
Department of Health
Kate was fantastic at our conference dinner. Not only did she give a great speech but she was also kind enough to stay on for dinner and then mingled with our guests, giving many of them the opportunity to have their photo taken with one of their heroes!
GWE Business West
Great speaker. Very professional, knowledgeable and commanded the audiences attention throughout. Very amenable in terms of photographs and meeting the audience.