Channel 4 news poaches Frei and Long from BBC

ITN has signed up the BBC’s Matt Frei to become Washington correspondent and also join the presenting team.

The move comes as part of a shake-up which will also see Channel 4 News political correspondent Cathy Newman join Jon Snow and Krishnan Guru Murthy on the roster of regular presenters.

In another hire from the BBC, Newsnight correspondent Jackie Long joins as social affairs editor. Channel 4 News has said it is currently recruiting a science editor to complete its line-up.

Channel 4 News editor Jim Gray said: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome these new journalist heavyweights – the perfect mix of home grown talent and established names.

‘Matt joins us with an impressive track record at a time when the world’s news and the US view on it needs explaining like never before. Cathy has quickly established herself as a journalistic force to be reckoned with – she will have a chance to bring those skills to bear in the studio. And Jackie’s connection to modern Britain through her reporting in this area will be a great asset to us. It’s an exciting time for the programme.”

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