31 Mar 2022

Channel 4 News confirms presenter line-up

Channel 4 News announces its presenting line up for its flagship evening bulletin, along with plans for a new presenter in Leeds. 

Channel 4 News has announced the presenting line up for its flagship evening bulletin along with plans for an expanded presence in Leeds, including a new presenter based in the city.

Krishnan Guru-Murthy, recently named Network Presenter of the Year by the Royal Television Society, will be the main anchor from the Channel 4 News studios in London. He will continue to host major live debates for Channel 4, in addition to his lead role on Unreported World and his popular weekly podcast, Ways to Change the World.

Cathy Newman, in addition to her presenting duties, will now also become the Channel 4 News Investigations Editor, building on the success of an award-winning team and her own recent reports; including the alleged abuse of young British women by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell and her investigation into abuses by John Smyth.

Matt Frei, multi award-winning presenter and Europe Editor will take the lead on major international stories as the main foreign presenter. Matt will bring his unrivalled insight, story-telling and expert analysis to global events, such as his work during the US elections and more recently in Ukraine, where he played a pivotal on-air role during the first month of the war. Matt will continue to deliver long-form documentaries for the channel.

Jackie Long will remain a key part of the presenting team, alongside her role as Social Affairs Editor where she will also front audience programmes and specials to build on her groundbreaking reports in areas such as domestic abuse and youth violence.

Channel 4 News will also be advertising for a new presenter, based in Leeds, as it looks to increase the scope and ambition of its news coverage across the UK. Leeds will become a home for digital and specialist output with around 15 roles based there.

Editor of Channel 4 News, Esme Wren, said: “This line up is built around the strength and specialisms of the current presenting team, while the expanded presenting and production presence in Leeds means we can better reflect interests and concerns from all over the country.

“Krishnan is one of the pre-eminent communicators of his generation with an unparalleled combination of authority and accessibility.

“Cathy’s role reflects her status as one of the most tenacious story-getters working in TV news today.

“Matt is one of the most highly awarded TV journalists, acclaimed for his insightful and engaging approach to the global issues shaping our future.

“Jackie combines persistence with sensitivity to win the trust of those sharing some of the toughest stories.”

Louisa Compton, Channel 4 Head of News and Current Affairs and Specialist Factual, said: “We couldn’t be prouder of the depth and breadth of talent in our presenter line-up – our new plans show our increasing commitment to groundbreaking investigations and foreign reporting.

“Additionally, Channel 4 News becoming the first British network broadcaster to regularly co-present from two locations demonstrates our commitment to serving audiences from right across the UK and reflecting their cares and concerns – which is what helps Channel 4 News keep its place as the nation’s most trusted TV news programme.”

Fatima Manji and Ayshah Tull will continue to support in presenting the programme.