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Channel 4 News
New Channel 4 News logo.svg
Presented byJon Snow
Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Matt Frei
Cathy Newman
Jackie Long
Fatima Manji
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production
Producer(s)ITN
Running time55 minutes
(Monday–Friday)
5–25 minutes (Saturday)
20–25 minutes (Sunday)
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Original release2 November 1982 –
present
Chronology
Related showsMore4 News (defunct)
External links
Website

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 7.00 to 7.55 pm, Friday from 7.00 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 12.00 pm slot, it first aired on 21 December 2009, giving a five-minute summary of the news.

Former productions[edit]

Channel Four News at Noon[edit]

Channel Four 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 for Channel 4 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 Sarah Smith then later 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 Channel Four 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
2011-2019 Michael Crick Political correspondent
Andy Davies Home affairs correspondent
Helia Ebrahimi Economics 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
Ayshah Tull Reporter

Weather forecaster[edit]

Years Forecaster Title Other roles
2011– Liam Dutton Weather forecaster

Design team[edit]

Years Title Other roles
2007– Sam Wapples Head of Graphics
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 of the Conservative Party's election expenses scandal was first broken, and then pursued for over a year, by Michael Crick.[7]

In March 2018, an undercover investigation by Channel 4 News explored the campaign activities of Cambridge Analytica.[8]

Controversies[edit]

Accusations of political bias[edit]

In 2017, it was reported long-running presenter Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow had shouted "fuck the Tories" at the Glastonbury music festival. Following the incident, Conservative Party MP and former minister Grant Shapps refused to appear on Channel 4 News, stating "I don’t think he [Jon Snow] can deal in an even handed manner in any interview with a Conservative MP. He has lost all credibility."[9] Fellow Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen called for Snow's resignation, citing alleged bias.[10] Rival presenter for the BBC, Andrew Marr, commented that if he had made similar comments, he would have lost his job.[11]

In March 2019, whilst reporting for Channel 4 News at a pro-Brexit protest, Snow said that he had "never seen so many white people in one place". Media regulator Ofcom received 2,644 complaints about Snow's comment;[12] viewers "considered the comment unnecessary". A Channel 4 spokeswoman released a statement stating that it was "an unscripted observation" and that the broadcaster regretted any offence caused.[13] Ofcom investigated whether the comment "broke our rules on offensive content",[14] and ruled in August to clear him over the remarks.[15]

In August 2019, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson refused an interview with Channel 4 News during the 2019 G7 summit reportedly in response to Channel 4's head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne likening Johnson to Vladimir Putin and referring to him as a "known liar." The government subsequently defended Johnson's decision, stating that Byrne had "crossed the line of impartiality for a broadcaster."[16][17]

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.[18]

Jordan Peterson interview[edit]

In January 2018, Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman interviewed Canadian author and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson as part of a world tour of his book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos on the subjects of gender equality, transgender rights and freedom of speech. The interview received attention for Newman's interview style which was criticised by some commentators as a misrepresentation or preconceived idea of Peterson's views. New York Times columnist David Brooks said that Newman had "distorted, simplified and restated Peterson's views to make them appear offensive and cartoonish"[19] while Quillette journalist Uri Harris described the interview as reflecting "a trend towards more overt activism in the news media in recent years, increasingly rejecting neutrality even as a goal to strive for."[20] Following the interview, Channel 4 editor Ben de Pear clained that the station had called in security specialists in response to social-media abuse and threats directed against her.[21][22][23]

Theme music[edit]

The music in the Channel 4 News titles is an orchestration of "Best Endeavours" by Alan Hawkshaw.[24] It was introduced a few months after the channel's launch, and has remained in use since its inception.

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. ^ "Revealed: Trump's election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians". Channel 4 News. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  9. ^ Christopher Hope,"Boycott Channel 4 News, over Jon Snow's Labour 'bias', former Tory minister tells Conservative MPs", The Telegraph, 30 June 2017.
  10. ^ Malvern, Jack (28 June 2017). "Jon Snow's Glastonbury outburst upsets Tories". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  11. ^ Andrew Marr, "It hurts, but I’ve learnt to repress my views", The Times, 2 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Ofcom investigates Snow 'white people' remark". 8 April 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Complaints over Snow's 'white people' remark". BBC News. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Ofcom investigates Snow 'white people' remark". 8 April 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Snow and Farage cleared over Brexit rally remarks". 5 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Boris Johnson pulled interview after criticism by head of news, says Channel 4". The Guardian. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Downing Street hits back at Channel 4 News after Boris Johnson labelled a 'known liar'". The Telegraph. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  18. ^ "UK's Channel 4 News forced to backtrack on claims jailed 'hate-preacher' was behind London attack". RT.com. 22 March 2017.
  19. ^ Brooks, David. "The Jordan Peterson Moment". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  20. ^ Harris, Uri. "A Deep Dive into Jordan Peterson's Channel 4 Interview". Quillette. Quilette. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  21. ^ Harley, Nicola (2018). "Channel 4 News calls in security experts after trolls make 'vicious' threats to presenter Cathy Newman". The Telegraph.
  22. ^ Likhodi, Lidia (29 January 2018). "British journalist subject to online threats following interview with Jordan Peterson". The Varsity. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  23. ^ Ruddick, Graham (19 January 2018). "Channel 4 calls in security experts after Cathy Newman suffers online abuse". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  24. ^ "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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