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Newsnight & 5 Live Presenter

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Newsnight presenter and the Telegraph’s first digital editor, Emma has also written for The Sunday Times. She hosts 5Live’s morning review of politics and news, interviewing key figures making headlines, and has also hosted Woman’s Hour. As well as presenting she speaks with authority, humour and optimism about everything from business and technology to diversity and politics.


Emma Barnett is a broadcaster, writer and journalist. As well as presenting duties on BBC2’s flagship news programme Newsnight, she hosts 5Live Daily, a mix of politics and current affairs every morning on Radio 5Live, and has co-hosted The Pledge, Sky News’ weekly debate programme.

Starting her journalism career first at Media Week and then at the Telegraph, Emma became the latter’s first digital editor. The role meant leading the paper’s coverage of all things tech, interviewing key industry figures and writing about the business aspects of the sector. She was a regular Telegraph columnist and was also their Women’s Editor and created the online Telegraph Wonder Women section. She has also been a columnist for the Sunday Times, and penned their Tough Love agony column.

On air, Emma’s presented a number of shows on 5Live including Hit List, a run down of the week’s biggest stories according to social media. She’s presented the Radio 4 institution Woman's Hour, and chaired their annual Woman’s Hour Power List. She’s also made radio documentaries covering politics, the military, religion, and America and on TV she’s hosted BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live.

An accomplished host, Emma can also speak with down-to-earth authority and humour on business, politics, technology, culture and diversity. Whether it’s the social and economic impact of technology or events in Westminster, she tackles the latest developments with a combination of journalist scrutiny and optimism.

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