Emily Maitlis is one of the top 50 most influential people in Britain (GQ Magazine), named as the Network Presenter of the Year at the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2019 and 2020 and an award winning broadcaster and lead presenter on Newsnight – the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme. She is part of the core BBC presenting team for elections both here and in the United States.
In 2019 Emily Maitlis scooped a world exclusive, no holds barred interview with Prince Andrew who talked publicly for the first time about his links to Jeffrey Epstein. This jaw-dropping interview won Emily another RTS Television Journalism Award for Interview of the Year.
Emily has interviewed numerous figures from the world of politics, sports and the arts including Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Marine Le Pen, David Beckham, Kofi Annan, Hugh Grant, Michael Caine, Juliette Binoche, Julian Assange and Christine Lagarde. She covered 18 months of the US presidential primaries and campaign, and has interviewed Donald Trump a number of times as well as the last five UK Prime Ministers. Emily is celebrated for her unique and inimitable interview style with GQ Magazine saying “Don’t confuse her with: Andrew Neil. He grills; she incinerates”.
Emily is hugely respected for the integrity of her documentaries. The upcoming “Taking Control: The Dominic Cummings Story” for BBC will examine the career of the Prime Minister’s Chief Adviser and ‘mastermind’ of the Vote Leave campaign to explore just how much political power lies with him. She has previously presented “Expenses: The Scandal That Changed Britain”, which takes a look into the Parliamentary expenses scandal that rocked Westminster and the impact it had on public trust, and “Inside Facebook: Zuckerberg’s $100 Billion Gamble” – A BBC documentary which featured an exclusive television interview with the Facebook founder.
She is the author of Airhead which gives a behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest news stories and interviews of recent years. She’s also written for The Sunday Times and the Spectator Magazine as well as the Guardian, Evening Standard and the New Statesman.
Further awards include London Press Club ‘Broadcast Journalist of the Year’ Award for her work on Newsnight and the Wincott business award for “Inside Facebook”
Emily has travelled extensively and speaks basic Mandarin as well as fluent French, Spanish and Italian. And in her spare time enjoys running marathons in odd parts of the world.
Emily’s book Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News was published in April 2019:
Behind every interview there is a backstory. How it came about. How it ended. The compromises that were made. The regrets, the rows, the deeply inappropriate comedy.
Making news is an essential but imperfect art, and it rarely goes according to plan.
I never expected to find myself wandering around the Maharani of Jaipur’s bedroom with Bill Clinton or invited to the Miss USA beauty pageant by its owner, Donald Trump. I never expected to be thrown into a provincial Cuban jail, or to be drinking red wine at Steve Bannon’s kitchen table or spend three hours in a lift with Alan Partridge.
I certainly didn’t expect the Dalai Lama to tell me the story of his most memorable poo.
How can I thank you enough for such an insightful and amusing presentation earlier this week. Everyone loved it and you had our clients in stitches. They said this was the best seminar they have come to in the 15 years we have been holding them, no doubt much down to you, so it will be a hard act to follow.
– Head of Wealth Management, at a prestigious city bank.