Channel 4 News

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Channel 4 News
New Channel 4 News logo.svg
Presented by Jon Snow
Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Matt Frei
Cathy Newman
Jackie Long
Fatima Manji
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) ITN
Running time 55 minutes
(Monday–Friday)
5–25 minutes (Saturday)
20–25 minutes (Sunday)
Release
Original network Channel 4
Original release 2 November 1982 – present
Chronology
Related shows More4 News (defunct)
External links
Website www.channel4.com/news

Channel 4 News is the main news programme on British television broadcaster Channel 4. It is produced by ITN, and has been in operation since Channel 4's launch in November 1982.

Current productions[edit]

Channel 4 News[edit]

Channel 4 News is the name of Channel 4's award-winning flagship evening news programme.

The editor is Ben de Pear, appointed in July 2012,[1] the programme is presented by Jon Snow, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Cathy Newman and Matt Frei and is on the air Monday to Thursday from 7 to 7:55 pm, Friday from 7 to 7:30 pm, and at variable times on weekends. Alex Thomson is the chief correspondent.

Channel 4 News is among the highest-rated television programmes in the United Kingdom, winning a record five Royal Television Society Television Awards in February 2006. These included TV Journalist of the Year for Jon Snow, Home News Award for the Attorney General leak, and the International News Award for Congo's Tin Soldiers.

It won the News Coverage British Academy Television Award in 2004 and the 2004 International Emmy for the best news programme produced and aired outside the United States. Jon Snow won the Richard Dimbleby British Academy Television Award in 2005 for outstanding contribution to the world of news and current affairs.

In November 2011, Liam Dutton became Channel 4's first ever weather presenter, joining from BBC Weather.[2]

Channel 4 News Summary[edit]

A replacement for the Channel 4 News at Noon in the 12 pm slot, it first aired on 21 December 2009, giving a five-minute summary of the news.

Former productions[edit]

News at Noon[edit]

News at Noon was first introduced in 2003 for the duration of the Iraq War, and due to its instant success, it was kept on in Channel 4's daytime schedule (except when live Horse Racing was being broadcast). It was presented by Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Prior to this bulletin, the programme in the slot was Powerhouse, a political news programme, also produced by ITN, as a consequence of the advertising slowdown during the 2009 recession, the programme was cancelled, along with More4 News and replaced with the five minute Channel 4 News Summary, the last broadcast airing on 18 December 2009. [3]

More4 News[edit]

Aired Monday to Friday on sister channel More4, More4 News was anchored by Kylie Morris, it ran for 30 minutes, aiming to go in-depth into a certain issue. As a consequence of the advertising slowdown during the 2009 recession, the programme was cancelled, along with the News at Noon, the last broadcast airing on 18 December 2009. [3]

On air team[edit]

Current newscasters[edit]

Former newscasters[edit]

Correspondents/editors[edit]

Years Correspondents/Editors Title Other roles
Tom Clarke Science editor
Michael Crick Political correspondent
Andy Davies Home affairs correspondent
Helia Ebrahimi Business correspondent
Gary Gibbon Political editor
Lindsey Hilsum International editor
Simon Israel Home affairs correspondent
Jordan Jarrett-Bryan Sports reporter
Ciaran Jenkins Reporter
Siobhan Kennedy Business editor
Victoria Macdonald Health & social care correspondent
Jonathan Miller Asia correspondent
Kylie Morris Washington correspondent
Keme Nzerem Sports correspondent
Paraic O'Brien Reporter
Jonathan Rugman Foreign affairs correspondent
Darshna Soni Home affairs correspondent
Alex Thomson Chief correspondent

Weather forecaster[edit]

Years Forecaster Title Other roles
2011– Liam Dutton Weather forecaster

Design team[edit]

Years Title Other roles
2007– Sam Wapples Graphic design leader
1989–94 Jonathan Spencer graphic designer
1994– Fabrizio Viani Senior designer
1997– Mike Smith Senior designer
1998– Ian Watkins Senior designer
2005– Sue Kearley-Schon Senior designer
2012– Kevin O'Dell Senior designer

Non-broadcast media[edit]

Channel 4 News also produces a variety of non-broadcast media, including a range of journalist authored blogs to deliver insight and analysis of the news from the news team.[4] Channel 4 News also produces Snowmail, a free daily email from the news reporter team, giving their personal take on the day's news agenda and behind-the-scenes newsroom goings-on.[5]

Historical roles[edit]

In 2003, Channel 4 News broke the story of the Dodgy Dossier which led to a political crisis in Britain.[6]

The story Conservative Party's election expenses scandal was first broken, and then pursued for over a year, by Michael Crick.[7]

2017 Westminster attack report[edit]

On the evening of the Westminster attack of 22 March 2017, Channel 4 News claimed they were able to name the dead attacker as Abu Izzadeen, also known as Trevor Brooks. The claim was repeated by The Independent and the Daily Mirror. However, Channel 4 News was forced to issue an on-air retraction during the same bulletin after Izzadeen's solicitor stated that he was alive and serving time in prison.[8]

Theme music[edit]

The music in the Channel 4 News titles is an orchestration of "Best Endeavours" by Alan Hawkshaw,[9] it was introduced a few months after the channel's launch, and has remained in use since.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ben de Pear named Channel 4 News editor". The Guardian. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Biography Liam Dutton
  3. ^ a b Deans, Jason (5 August 2009). "The Guardian - Channel 4 to axe News at Noon and More4 News". London. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Channel 4 News Blogs Home". Channel 4 News. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "General Enquiries: What is Snowmail?". Channel 4. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Rush, Julian (6 February 2003). "Downing St dossier plagiarised". Channel 4 News. ITN. Retrieved 13 August 2014.  Article includes link to video clip of the associated Channel 4 News television programme.
  7. ^ Ed Howker and Guy Basnett (23 March 2017). "The inside story of the Tory election scandal". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "UK's Channel 4 News forced to backtrack on claims jailed ‘hate-preacher’ was behind London attack". RT.com. 22 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Thank you for the Channel 4 News music". Channel 4 News. Channel 4. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  1. Burrell, Ian (14 July 2008). "Channel 4 News: Newscasters with attitude". London: The Independent. 

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