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News presenter Cathy Newman launches guest lecture series

Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman believes the broadcaster’s impending move to Leeds will provide a jobs boost for the region.

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Cathy was speaking after launching this year’s Leeds Business School’s Guest Speaker Series at Leeds Beckett University.

Apart from exploring life in the media, she explained to a packed lecture hall why she had written her first book, Bloody Brilliant Women, which was published last year.

“I loved history as a child but I had slightly eccentric history teaching so I always felt there were big gaps in my historical knowledge,” said Cathy.

“I tried to make that up by buying lots of history books and devouring them, and I realised that there weren’t that many women in books about 20th century British history.

“I couldn’t work out why that was because I felt quite sure there must be some incredible contributions from women in that era.

“So I set about researching it and found that there were incredible, amazing, inspirational women who helped transform Britain over the last century and more.”

Next year, Channel 4 will open a new National HQ in Leeds, based in the former Majestic nightclub in the city centre.

About 250 of its 850-strong workforce will be based in the city, with more roles expected to be created by new or relocating television production companies.


Cathy said: “We have had an amazing, warm welcome (in Leeds). I hope that it will be positively viewed by the city and there will be lots of job opportunities and we are very much looking forward to being part of that move.

“I’m looking forward to coming up and presenting the programme from here as often as possible and finding lots of stories.

“We have been a little bit too London-centric so it would be good to help redress that balance and we’re all very excited by it.”

Professor George Lodorfos, Dean of Leeds Business School, said Cathy’s talk had launched another exceptional Guest Speaker Series, which aimed to have a positive impact on the university’s students and wider community.

“It was fascinating to hear Cathy’s insights into politics and the media, and the incredible women that had inspired her book.

“We are now looking forward to further fantastic guest speakers, sharing their expertise on subjects ranging from safer gambling and sustainable food packaging to the UK’s economic prospects.”

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