Channel 4 News
Presented byKrishnan Guru-Murthy
Matt Frei
Cathy Newman
Ciaran Jenkins
Jackie Long
Fatima Manji
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Running time55 minutes
20–30 minutes (Saturday–Sunday)
Production companyITN
Original release
NetworkChannel 4
Release2 November 1982 (1982-11-02) –
More4 News (defunct)

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

Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News is the name of Channel 4's main evening news programme.

The editor is Esme Wren, appointed in 2022.[1] The programme is presented by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Cathy Newman, Matt Frei, Jackie Long and Fatima Manji 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 at 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] The exposé of Cambridge Analytica in conjunction with The Guardian and The New York Times which aired in 2018 was awarded a Peabody Award.[3]

In April 2021, Channel 4 and ITN announced that Snow would leave the programme after 32 years.[4] His last show was on 23 December 2021.[5]

Channel 4 News Summary

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

Channel Four News at Noon

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. [6]

More4 News

Main article: More4 News

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. [6]

On-air team

Current newscasters

Former newscasters

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Weather forecaster

Years Forecaster Title Other roles
2011– Liam Dutton Weather Forecaster

Design team

Years Title
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 Deputy Head of Graphics
2005– Sue Kearley-Schon Senior Designer
2012– Kevin O'Dell Senior Designer

Non-broadcast media

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.[10] 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.[11]

Historical roles

In 2003, Channel 4 News broke the story of the Dodgy Dossier which led to a political crisis in Britain.[12]

The story of the Conservative Party's election expenses scandal was first broken, and then pursued for over a year, by Michael Crick.[13]

In March 2018, an undercover investigation by Channel 4 News explored the campaign activities of Cambridge Analytica.[14]


On the evening of the 2017 Westminster attack, 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.[15]

Theme music

The music in the Channel 4 News titles is an orchestration of "Best Endeavours" by Alan Hawkshaw.[16] It was introduced a few months after the channel's launch, and has remained in use since its inception.


  1. ^ "Channel 4 News Unveils 'Newsnight's' Esme Wren As Editor". 2 November 2021.
  2. ^ Biography Liam Dutton
  3. ^ "The Best Stories of 2018". Peabody Awards. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Jon Snow: Iconic British News Anchor To Leave Channel 4 News After 32 Years". Deadline Hollywood. 29 April 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Jon Snow bows out of Channel 4 News after 32 years". BBC News. 23 December 2021.
  6. ^ a b Deans, Jason (5 August 2009). "The Guardian – Channel 4 to axe News at Noon and More4 News". London. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Kiran Moodley, Reporter".
  8. ^ "Search Results for "ruben reuter"".
  9. ^ "Team".
  10. ^ "Channel 4 News Blogs Home". Channel 4 News. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  11. ^ "General Enquiries: What is Snowmail?". Channel 4. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Ed Howker and Guy Basnett (23 March 2017). "The inside story of the Tory election scandal". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Channel 4 News apologise for incorrectly naming man responsible for Westminster attacks". Joe. 22 March 2017.
  16. ^ "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". The Independent. London.