Emily Maitlis

Emily Maitlis



The multi-lingual former China and business reporter now presents Newsnight having fronted all the main BBC news bulletins. She’s also led feature-length interviews with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump.


One of the lead anchors of Newsnight alongside Evan Davis and Kirsty Wark, Emily Maitlis is firmly established as one of the BBC’s most recognisable news presenters. She interviews leading figures of the day as well as a regular stream of government ministers. She also presents This Week’s World for BBC2.

After an early career making documentaries in China, Emily started reporting on business stories for NBC Asia in Hong Kong during the Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s. She crossed over to Sky as Business Correspondent, covering the BMW Rover crisis and the Microsoft court case, before switching to general news and launching BBC London’s new look service. She later moved to Newsnight and has carried out presenting duties on all of the BBC’s main news bulletins including BBC Breakfast.

As well as news programmes, Emily is now a regular host during election broadcasts and has made documentaries on Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and Mark Zuckerberg. Away from the newsroom, Emily has hosted the National Lottery show and appeared on Have I Got News For You. She has written for The Guardian and The Spectator, and is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian (although despite popular belief she describes her Mandarin Chinese as ‘a bit rubbish’).

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