The Ultimate News Quiz 2015
The ninth Ultimate News Quiz, sponsored by the Premier League, brought together the great and the good of TV and radio news – along with a number of corporate teams – to battle it out to be crowned the kings and queens of news trivia.
This year, the event raised £91,500, bringing the total raised throughout the years to more than £600,000 for Action for Children and Restless Development, which will help support children and young people in the UK, Africa and Asia.
Quizmaster for the night was broadcasting legend Michael Buerk, with Grayson Perry guest-hosting a special round. After eight gruelling rounds of questions, 5 News came first, CNN second and joint third place was awarded to ITV News and Sky News.
Martha Kearney, co-founder of the Ultimate News Quiz and BBC Radio 4 presenter, said:
“The Ultimate News Quiz has grown dramatically over the years and tonight saw over 300 people battle it out to see who really knows their facts from the fiction. It was a tight battle but we were thrilled to award 5 News the ultimate news champions for 2015.”
There were also a variety of prizes auctioned off by Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, including life-size cardboard cut-outs major political party leaders that guests were posing for selfies with in some General Election themed fun. David Cameron raised the most with a bid of £170. Other auction prizes ranged from being chairman of Chelsea Football Club for the day, to lunch with former Chancellor Lord Lamont, to a hamper filled with delights from the great and good of broadcasting.
Alastair Bennett, Anita Land, Anne Jenkin, Bill Rudgard, Chris Shaw, Dan Faulks, David Buik, Dianne Stradling, Geraldine Ryan, Jennifer Noon, Jennifer Stevens, Maria Lini, Martha Kearney, Polly Armstrong-Beaver, Robin Elias, Tracey MacLeod, Vivien Fowle.