Channel 4 News, produced by ITN, has announced three new reporters are to join the news team.
Asha Tanna joins as Science Reporter with Ciaran Jenkins and Fatima Manji hired as general news reporters.
Dorothy Byrne, Head of News & Current Affairs at Channel 4 says: “Spotting and supporting new talent is a crucial part of Channel 4’s remit and I’m thrilled we’ve found these journalists at such exciting stages of their careers. This team boasts hungry, informed journalists across the editorial agenda- what a great way to start the year.”
Following Tom Clarke’s promotion to the role of Science Editor, Asha Tanna has been appointed as Science Reporter. Having freelanced for Channel 4 News in the past, as well as Sky News, this permanent role with Channel 4 will enable her to cover stories across the science agenda.
26-year-old Fatima Manji has been hired as a general reporter. Fatima has been working for BBC East since joining the BBC as a trainee in 2008 and current BBC Correspondent Ciaran Jenkins will join also as a general reporter. Ciaran has been working for BBC Wales, initially on news programmes Dragon’s Eye and Politics Show Wales and most recently as BBC Wales Education Correspondent.
Jim Gray, Editor, Channel 4 News comments: “These are brilliant new additions to the team- the perfect compliment to the established stars we welcomed earlier this year. We are fantastically equipped to deliver on our commitment to giving our audience specialist insight, engaging experts and superlative coverage of the issues modern Britain cares about.”
The appointments complete a wave of changes to the programme that has seen Cathy Newman join the presenting team alongside Jon Snow, Krishnan Guru Murthy and new hire Matt Frei. Frei is also Washington Correspondent. In addition, Michael Crick has joined as Political Correspondent, Jackie Long as Social Affairs Editor, Morland Sanders as North of England Correspondent and Paraic O’Brien as a General Reporter. The programme has also recruited its first ever Weather Presenter, Liam Dutton (pictured, above, right).
Channel 4 news airs nightly at 7.00pm