The Ultimate News Quiz

Highlights of the Ultimate News Quiz 2014!

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise a record £107,000. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from the Premier League, every penny went directly to our two charities,Restless Development and

Thursday 20th March saw the London Film Museum host the eighth Ultimate New Quiz. Nick Robinson, political editor at the BBC, was the evening’s quiz master. Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire acted as our auctioneer, plus Splash! contestant Penny Mordaunt MP and former England footballer Graeme Le Saux hosted a special guest round. After eight gruelling rounds of questions, Sky News came first, ITV News second and joint third place was taken by Channel 4 News and BBC Newsnight.

Nick Robinson, Jon Snow and Emily Maitlis pose for 'ultimate news selfie'

Nick Robinson, Jon Snow and Emily Maitlis pose for ‘ultimate news selfie’


The charity auction saw guests bid for prizes including, a once in a lifetime opportunity to become the Chelsea Chairman for the Day, a romantic break in Paris at one of the city’s famous – Le Bristol hotel, tickets to the final of University Challenge, five days in the Maldives, two tickets to the Queen’s Club Championships Final, and Penny Mordaunt MP’s swim suit from Splash! was sold for £600 to BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis.

A celebrity hamper that was auctioned included Jeremy Paxman’s homemade marmalade, quince eau de vie from Emily Maitlis, honey from passionate beekeeper Bill Turnbull, eggs from Natasha Kaplinsky’s chickens, home-baked banana bread from Celebrity Masterchef finalist Kirsty Wark as well as a signed box of Louis Theroux’s favourite chocolates.

Organising Committee

Alastair Bennett, Anita Land, Anne Jenkin, , Bill Rudgard, Chris Shaw, Dan Faulks, David Buik, Dianne Stradling, Dominic Crossley-Holland, Geraldine Ryan, Jennifer Noon, Kate McAndrew, Laurena Di Bello, Lizzi Watson, Lucy Crystal, Lynn Murray, Maria Lini, Maria Toubbe, Martha Kearney, Robin Elias, Ruth Robinson, Tracey MacLeod, Vivien Fowle.

What our guests say

“The news quiz is awesome. Not only is it fabulously effective at raising a tonne of money but it is also brilliant fun”.

 Martha Lane Fox, 2014

 “The Ultimate News Quiz lives up to its billing on every level. Ultimate fun, questions and rivalry. Great evening. You’d be crazy to miss it.”

Kay Burley, 2013

 “An evening not to be missed. The Ultimate News Quiz isn’t just a great night out but also an opportunity to flex your journalistic muscle (and test your limitations and those of your colleagues)!”

Natasha Kaplinsky, 2013

“Never before have so many great minds proved how little they collectively know… a fabulous night with hilarious questions for an excellent cause.”

Emily Maitlis, 2012

“Forget the BAFTAs and the RTS awards – this is the quiz that every news programme wants to win”

Jon Snow, 2010

“The Ultimate News Quiz is where hacks and TV luvvies get their comeuppance”

Anne Robinson, 2010

“Never before in the field of human quizzing have so many egos and bigheads battled it out for the sake of vanity and winning a modestly priced tin cup”

Jeremy Paxman, 2007