Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News
Channel 4 News
Channel 4 News logo.png
Format News, current affairs, sport
Presented by Jon Snow (main newscaster)
Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Alex Thomson
Saima Mohsin
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Producer(s) ITN
Running time 55 minutes (Monday–Thursday)
30 minutes (Friday)
Original channel Channel 4
Original airing 2 November 1982
Related shows More4 News (defunct)
External links

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


Current productions

Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News is the name of the flagship evening news programme. Channel 4 News is noted for its extensive coverage of international news and good background reports on current affairs. It is edited by Jim Gray who was previously Deputy Editor of Newsnight. It is anchored by Jon Snow and is on the air Monday to Friday from 19:00-19:55 on Channel 4. Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Alex Thomson are the main presenters when Snow is absent.

Channel 4 News is well regarded as a serious news programme, most recently 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.

It is the flagship news programme on Channel 4 which is on the air 19:00-19:55 weeknights on Channel 4 (19:00-19:30 on Fridays). It also broadcasts on Saturday and Sunday evenings, usually at 18:30-19:00.

Channel 4 News Summary

A replacement to the Channel 4 News at Noon in the 12:00 slot, it first aired on 21 December 2009, giving a five minute summary of the news.

Former productions

News at Noon

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 the 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. [1]

More4 News

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. [1]

On air team

Main newscasters

Between 1982 and 1989, Alastair Stewart and Nicholas Owen (the latter now with BBC News) were also regular presenters of the Channel 4 News, as was Dermot Murnaghan between 1989 and 1993.

Shahnaz Pakravan, Fiona Murch and Zeinab Badawi were all regular co-presenters in the 1990s; Pakravan alternated with Dermot Murnaghan as the main presenter of the 'Channel 4 Summary' bulletins on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

News correspondents/Other newscasters

Production Crew

  • Mike Smith - Senior Graphic Designer

Historical roles

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

Theme music

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


External links

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