When he sat down in Cambridge for a discussion about the vexed question of impartiality in television news presenters, Piers Morgan was clearly still licking his wounds from his abrupt departure in 2021 from ITV’s Good Morning Britain. He was quick off the mark, offering a “hypothetical” scenario:
Impartiality has been a bedrock of the UK’s broadcast news landscape for a century. But for many, it feels like the tide is turning. The lines between the personal and professional, between news and opinion, and between journalists, commentators, politicians and ordinary people are blurring. Live on air, news presenters have to make split second decisions.
Claudia Winkleman will soon be back in the ballroom to present the live show alongside Tess Daly, while the notorious Craig Revel Horwood returns to the judging panel with Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas.
In the meantime, meet the celebrities who have their sights set on the Glitterball Trophy.
The announcement includes plans for an expanded presence in Leeds with a new presenter based in the city.
Network Presenter of the Year at the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2022, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, will now take over as main anchor from the Channel 4 News studios in London after Jon Snow stepped down earlier this year. He will continue to host major live debates, lead Unreported World and present his weekly podcast, Ways to Change the World.
“I’m going to wait for the Met to finish their investigation and then let’s talk again,” she told Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
“Nadine Dorries, thank you very much indeed,” he replied, before cheekily adding: “I look forward to it.”
The hard-driving Taskmaster Greg Davies and his assistant Alex Horne will be welcoming five famous faces from across the varied spectrum of news and entertainment to compete against each other in ludicrous challenges.
Channel 4 news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murphy will be battling against Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan, television presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, superstar dancer and Strictly judge Shirley Ballas and acclaimed film actor John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral) to win the coveted Taskmaster trophy.
The discussion will take place in Birmingham, the most evenly split city in Britain in the EU referendum, and cover a range of issues such as immigration, the economy and Northern Ireland.
As the Brexit deadline nears, many are calling for a second referendum to give the public a final say on Britain’s future relations with the EU.
The programme will present and explore Channel 4’s exclusive Survation poll on the public’s opinion on Brexit’s key issues.
Lord Mandelson, a self-confessed “heartbroken European”, set the tone of this debate. Unpicking 40 years of EU membership was complicated, to say the least. He declared: “Brexit is the most complex policy exercise mounted in peace time. Transitioning Britain out of its current merger with 27 other economies is a massive task and it is going to take many years.”
The advice of the former Labour cabinet minister and European commissioner boiled down to this: “What you as an industry must first do is take a view on what outcome best serves your needs”.