Emily Maitlis

Emily Maitlis, Krishnan Guru-Murphy and Gogglebox stars to feature in Channel 4’s general election night coverage

Cathy Newman, Rory Stewart, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Emily Maitlis, Alastair Campbell and Clare Balding underneath the text 'General Election on 4'

Emily Maitlis of The News Agents podcast and Krishnan Guru-Murphy will present the election special. They will be joined throughout the night by a range of guests, including Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart, the hosts of The Rest is Politics podcast.

Clare Balding will be crunching the numbers as the data arrives, while Cathy Newman will be reporting from the campaign headquarters for both Labour and the Conservatives. Channel 4 News’s political editor Gary Gibbon will also be present to provide analysis.

Ear Candy: Call Jonathan Pie

Tom Walker’s inspiration for the character, essentially a politically charged Alan Partridge, was his assumption that newsreaders must be frustrated having to stick so rigidly and impartially to the agenda. Especially when covering the dire state of modern politics.

I’m not saying that the likes of Emily Maitlis, Jon Sopel and Andrew Marr dreamed of exorcising their frustration by going off on one of Pie’s shouty and sweary monologues, but they did all leave for less impartial pastures.

Rufus Sewell and Gillian Anderson to go head to head as Prince Andrew and Emily Maitlis in Netflix's Scoop

Gillian Anderson will star as Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis who, in 2019, interviewed Prince Andrew on the programme about his involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. Rufus Sewell will play Prince Andrew in the appearance which would go onto make headlines around the world.

Ear Candy: The News Agents

Jon Sopel, Emily Maitlis and Lewis Goodall of The News Agents podcast

In a clear statement of intent, a recording of Maitlis’s headline-making MacTaggart Lecture, in which she decried the BBC’s version of “impartiality”, was published under the title before the launch proper.

In other words, this time it’s partial. Some were sceptical about the appetite listeners would have for the opinions of these erstwhile public service ­journalists but The News Agents has taken up permanent residence around the top of the charts, alongside that other opinionated podcast, Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart’s The Rest Is Politics.

How podcasts stole the TV star

My Dad Wrote a Porno (credit: Acast)

When BBC journalists Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis announced they were following in the footsteps of Andrew Marr to join LBC and Classic FM owner Global and make a podcast, it left many people asking why – and wondering whether we have reached “peak podcast”. 

According to the most recent figures from Enders Analysis, podcast listening has almost doubled over the past four years – in an average week, just over 17% of the UK population listen to a podcast.