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BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis snapped up by Channel 4 for election coverage

The former Newsnight presenter will be joined by a host of familiar faces for the broadcaster's election special.

  • Apr 21 2024
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BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis snapped up by Channel 4 for election coverage
BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis snapped up by Channel 4 for election coverage

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Former BBC journalist Emily Maitlis is set to co-anchor Channel 4's general election coverage, the broadcaster has confirmed.

The 53-year-old, who announced her departure from the BBC in 2022, now co-hosts The News Agents podcast with Jon Sopel and Lewis Goodall.

Maitlis was recently portrayed in the Netflix film Scoop, which recounts her Newsnight interview with the Duke of York about his connections with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

She will be co-presenting the election special with Channel 4 News presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

"I'm delighted to be bringing The News Agents to the heart of Channel 4 on this important night and to work with such an incredible cast of people. I cannot wait," she said.

Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart, hosts of The Rest is Politics podcast, will join them throughout the evening, along with some familiar faces from Gogglebox.

Cathy Newman will be reporting from the Labour and Conservative campaign headquarters, while Clare Balding will analyse the incoming data.

Channel 4 News political editor, Gary Gibbon, will offer comprehensive analysis for the election coverage, and a team of reporters will be scattered across key count locations nationwide, ensuring all the drama unfolds live.

Emily at the Edinburgh TV Festival

Journalist Emily Maitlis will join Krishnan Guru-Murthy for the general election coverage on Channel 4 (Jane Barlow/PA) (Image: PA Archive/PA Images)

"I'm so looking forward to joining this brilliant line-up of people to capture an exciting and historic night," proclaimed 54-year-old Guru-Murthy, adding, "We will have piercing analysis, sharp interviews and all those memorable moments as the results come in.

"I think this is going to be one of those rare election nights we remember for decades so I hope viewers will enjoy spending it with us.", reports the Mirror.

Adding to the enthusiasm, Stewart, 51, expressed: "I'm really looking forward to bringing the podcast to life on TV with Alastair live on Channel 4. Hopefully we can still disagree agreeably even in the heat of the electoral madness."

Emily Maitlis at a red carpet event

Emily stepped away from the BBC in recent years (Image: GETTY )

On his part, Campbell, now 66, shared: "The success and continuing growth of The Rest Is Politics podcast has shown there is a huge appetite for serious sensible debate and on what promises to be one of the most important and exciting election nights in many a year I am delighted that Rory Stewart and I will be part of Channel 4's coverage."

Meanwhile, Louisa Compton, who heads news, current affairs and specialist factual and sport at Channel 4, enthused, "I am delighted we have managed to bring together such a stellar line-up of some of the country's leading political presenters and commentators ensuring Channel 4 is going to be the go-to destination for first-class analysis on election night."


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