Emma Crosby

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Emma Crosby
Born Emma Catherine Crosby
(1977-06-05) 5 June 1977 (age 39)
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Residence South London, England
Cape Town, South Africa
Occupation Newsreader, television presenter

Emma Catherine Crosby (born 5 June 1977), is a British television newsreader and journalist. Between 2003 and 2007, Crosby worked on Sky News co-presenting their Breakfast programme Sunrise. She joined the programme in 2003, where she was a co-host of the weekday editions until 2005, when she began co-hosting the weekend editions. She left Sky News in 2007, after which she worked with the BBC, hosting a number of their News programmes.

In 2009, Emma joined ITV to co-present GMTV, which she hosted until the show was replaced by Daybreak the following year. She co-hosted GMTV with Andrew Castle or Ben Shephard two or three days a week in rotation with Kate Garraway.

Crosby then joined Channel 5 in 2011, where she worked as their chief anchor on 5 News. She also presented the channel's NewsTalk Live programme between 2013 and 2014.

On 5 November 2015, Emma announced she was leaving Channel 5 News to have a baby and her final show was on 6 November 2015. She returned to Channel 5 after her maternity.

Early life[edit]

The only child of an English father who worked for Sainsbury's and a Scottish mother who worked for Marks & Spencer,[1] Crosby was raised in Newbury, Berkshire. She studied drama, theatre, film and television at Leeds University, which included an internship at ITN, and undertook a postgraduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University.[1]

Broadcasting career[edit]

After graduation Crosby joined the BBC becoming a producer on its rolling news channel, BBC News 24. Moving on from there, she worked for News Direct 97.3 and LBC before joining The Money Channel in 1999.[2]

In 2001, she joined CNBC Europe and became a presenter on European Market Wrap.[2] She also spent some time in the United States while with the network and reported for its early morning show Squawk Box, where her mentor was Maria Bartiromo.[3]

Crosby joined Sky News in 2003, presenting the early morning news programme Sunrise.[4] She also regularly co-presented the channel's weekday Sky News Today, and some weekend broadcasts. She won a BAFTA for coverage of the 2007 Glasgow Airport terrorist attack.[5] She latterly was also the channel's business correspondent, and in October 2007 became a London correspondent on the Fox Business Network.

In January 2009 Crosby moved to the long-running breakfast station GMTV, on a reported salary of £120,000,[1][6] replacing departing presenter Fiona Phillips, who quit for family reasons after 16 years.[7] Emma co-presented the show with Andrew Castle on alternate Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays. On 1 August 2010 it was announced that Emma was leaving GMTV,[8] with the impending launch of Daybreak which replaced GMTV.[9] During her time with the show, Emma had co-presented alongside Ben Shephard, John Stapleton and Kate Garraway. Emma and Andrew presented the final edition of GMTV on Friday 3 September 2010.

In October 2010, she confirmed that she would present on CNN, before returning to BBC News.[10] She began presenting on the BBC News Channel's weekend evening slot on 23 October 2010, before moving on to afternoons the following week.[11] On 5 November 2010, when the BBC News schedule was disrupted due to a 48-hour NUJ strike,[12] Crosby presented the BBC News at One, and the afternoon schedule on the BBC News Channel.[13]

In February 2011, she was appointed a presenter of 5 News as a replacement for Natasha Kaplinsky,[14] presenting the 18:30 edition (previously 19:00) from 14 February. She now also presents the earlier 17:00 edition following the departure of Matt Barbet on 26 July 2012.

On 28 April 2014, Emma Crosby began co-hosting a new programme called 5 News Tonight alongside 5 News returnee Matt Barbet.

On 5 November 2015, Emma announced she was leaving Channel 5 News to have a baby and her final show was on 6 November 2015.

As of 12 August 2016 she is the breakfast newsreader (including the half an hour programme, The Morning News at 06:30) on LBC (on FM in London, National DAB & Online at www.lbc.co.uk) sitting in for Lisa Aziz.

Personal life[edit]

Crosby lives in South London.[2][15][16] She also owns a two-bedroom flat in Cape Town, South-Africa, which has views of Table Mountain.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Gordon, Jane (29 March 2009). "Early rising star: Meet Emma Crosby, the new queen of the sofa". Mail Online. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Goss, Alexandra (17 January 2010). "Fame & Fortune: Emma Crosby". Times Online. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Sophie Morris (14 August 2006). "My Mentor: Emma Crosby On Maria Bartiromo". The Independent. Archived from the original on 8 October 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
  4. ^ CNBC Europe's Emma Crosby joins Sky News Sky Press Office, 8 May 2003
  5. ^ "Emma Crosby". London Speaker Bureau. 
  6. ^ Spratt, Charlotte (20 November 2008). "Emma is new girl on sofa at GMTV". The Sun. 
  7. ^ Fiona Phillips quits GMTV The Guardian, 29 August 2008
  8. ^ Secrets of my sofa: As she leaves GMTV, Emma Crosby takes you behind the scenes Mail Online, 1 August 2010
  9. ^ New ITV Breakfast show to be called Daybreak BBC News, 9 July 2010
  10. ^ Fulton, Rick (7 October 2010). "I don't blame Christine Bleakley for taking my job, says former GMTV host Emma Crosby". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Emma Crosby Joins BBC News Channel". News on News. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "BBC News staff strike over pensions". BBC News. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Revoir, Paul (5 November 2010). "Ex-GMTV presenter given the boot when Christine Bleakley moved to ITV finds new role... replacing BBC strikers". Mail Online. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  14. ^ "Emma Crosby to front Five news". BBC News. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  15. ^ Simpson, Richard; Revoir, Paul (19 January 2009). "GMTV's Emma Crosby and the man she can afford to rely on... her city banker boyfriend". Mail Online. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Early starts are hard, bring on the botox!". Closer!. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 

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