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

The Telegraph: Nick Robinson, Jon Snow and Emily Maitlis pose for the ‘ultimate news selfie’

21st March 2014

As Britain’s most distinguished newsreaders, they might be expected to have their fingers on the pulse of the world’s most cutting-edge trends.
And it appears the likes of Nick Robinson, Jon Snow and Emily Maitlis are keen to get in on the action themselves, as they pose for a one-off newsreader “selfie”.
The group, including Natasha Kaplinsky, Alastair Stewart, Mary Nightingale, Jon Sopel and Dermot Murnaghan gathered for the picture at a charity news quiz, which pitted channels against one another.
Robinson, who hosted the evening, posted the photograph on Twitter with the words “ultimate news selfie”.
The quiz, in aid of charities Action for Children and Restless Development, was eventually won by Sky News, with ITV in second place. 

Tatler: Lydia Bright and Jacob Rees-Mogg guest appearance at the Ultimate News Quiz

8th March 2013 And now for the news… Quaglino’s hosted the seventh Ultimate News Quiz… BONG! Shock defeat for CNN who lost in a tie-break to Capel & Land… BONG! £75,000 raised for Action for Children and Restless Development… BONG! Jeremy Paxman stuns fans by donating HOMEMADE marmalade to Clive Anderson’s celebrity auction… BONG! And in the world of (good) sport, Lydia Bright and Jacob Rees-Mogg co-hosted a round called The Only Way is Eton. (Jacob asked questions about Essex, Lydia about politics.)

Media Guardian celebrates success

10th March 2013 British broadcasting’s brainboxes were humbled in last week’s Ultimate News Quiz (which raised £75,000 for Action for Children and Restless Development), with the literary/talent agents of Capel & Land winning a tie-break against CNN and even a combined Today/World at One team failing to do better than third. But at least the telly stars coughed up some appealing prizes for the auction: supper and karaoke with Emily Maitlis; cakes made by Eddie Mair and Kirsty Wark; Jeremy Paxman’s possibly tart-tasting marmalade; honey from the hives of Martha Kearney and Bill Turnbull; eggs from Kay Burley’s chickens; and a product enticingly described as Natasha Kaplinsky’s handmade Greek oil. In a kind of head-to-head between feared inquisitors, a mobile with a Paxman answerphone message on it went to Sky’s Ed Conway for £220, narrowly beating the figure (£210, to Channel 4 News’s Faisal Islam) for one with John Humphrys’ cheery tones.

London Evening Standard

2nd March 2012 You might think Andrew Marr knows all there is to know about the royal family, having written a biography of the Queen and presented a three-part documentary to mark her diamond jubilee. But at last night’s Ultimate News Quiz at Quaglino’s, he came royally unstuck. News teams from the Beeb, Sky et al gathered to compete. But despite being embedded with the royal family for 18 months, Marr’s team only scored half a point out of a possible eight in the royal round. And Marr insists he’s been transformed from a republican into a monarchist since spending time with Her Majesty.

Ultimate News Quiz caption: the winner

And now, back to our caption competition. You remember, the one of Jeremy Paxman with his hands round Kate Adie’s ears. Anyway, literally several entries have been pouring in, and the winner is… Alastair Stewart, who also just happened to be on the winning ITV News team. Monkey suggests he should buy a lottery ticket tomorrow, he’ll probably win that as well. Anyway, the winning caption, to be read while glancing at this picture, is…Thinking Woman’s Crumpet turns another girl’s head. Boom, and indeed, boom. Alastair, we salute you.

Media Guardian Monkey’s caption competition

More, now, on the Ultimate News Quiz, in which the elite of British broadcast journalism answered questions posed by none other than Jeremy Paxman. Monkey has already brought you the result – it was won by the ITV News team, led by Katie Derham and Alastair Stewart – now we bring you the visuals. That’s right, Monkey’s film has just come back from the chemist. Our favourite shot is of quiz host Jeremy Paxman manhandling – we think that ‘s the right verb – Kate Adie. Nice corduroy jacket, Jeremy. Anyway, there’s one thing missing. That’s right – a caption. So get thinking. The funniest one gets you your name in lights and the chance to say “I won that caption competition on Monkey, don’t you know.”


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Media Guardian Monkey: Come on!

22nd January 2007 While Jade Goody’s triumph in the unpopularity stakes in Celebrity Big Brother was being celebrated on Friday night, there was another contest gripping TV land. Far away from that deserted studio complex in Elstree, the elite of British broadcast journalism was doing battle in charity event The Ultimate News Quiz. Teams from all the major TV and radio news programmes fought it out over 10 raucous rounds with none other than Jeremy Paxman asking the questions. At one point Paxo showed his fondness for his Newsnight colleagues by calling them a bunch of halfwits. In fact, it was a bad night for the BBC, whose various teams were outperformed by the news teams of Channel 4, Five and the night’s eventual winners, the ITV News team, led by Katie Derham and Alastair Stewart.

Media Guardian: Place your bets

16th January 2007 So who is going to win the battle of the news brains at Jeremy Paxman’s Ultimate News Quiz on Friday? Five News’s Kirsty Young and John Suchet? Channel 4′s Jon Snow and Alex Thompson? Or News 24′s Jon Sopel and Ben Brown? Well, Paddy Power reckon it is going to be James Naughtie and Sarah Montague from Radio 4′s Today, who they have installed as 3:1 favourites, narrowly ahead of Sky’s Kay Burley and Adam Boulton. Spare a thought for GMTV’s Fiona Phillips and Andrew Castle, who have unaccountably been made rank outsiders at 25/1. Poor things. We reckon if Eamonn was still on it, they would be 24/1 at least. Still, ITV’s team of Alastair Stewart and Katie Derham, at 18/1, don’t fare much better. Paddy Power will also donate all bets placed on the market to the charities who will benefit in Friday’s quiz—Student’s Partnership Worldwide and Learning Through Leisure

BBC News: Ultimate News Quiz

31st October 2006 Next January, the top names in British TV news will battle it out for the honours in the most keenly fought contest of the year. Read more here