Andrea Catherwood is an award-winning television and radio presenter and former foreign correspondent. She’s worked for some of the world’s best known broadcasters primarily ITN, BBC, Bloomberg and NBC.
Today, she presents regularly on BBC Radio 4 across a broad range of programmes including The Media Show, Last Word, Saturday Live, You and Yours and Woman’s Hour, as well as documentaries. Click here to see Andrea’s latest programmes.
Andrea has guest presented ITV’s ‘This Morning’ and regularly reviewed newspapers for the programme. She’s also a prolific writer and writes regular travel articles for Mail on Sunday, as well as many other national newspapers and magazines.
Until 2012, Andrea was an anchor for Bloomberg Television presenting the flagship business news, politics and current affairs show “The Pulse with Andrea Catherwood” each weekday from London. She played a leading role in covering the global downturn and the Eurozone crisis and regularly interviewed European Prime Ministers and Finance Ministers as well as economists and chief executives.
Andrea made her name as newscaster and foreign correspondent at ITN, anchoring ITV1 news bulletins from 1998 to 2006. As International Correspondent she covered almost every world story of the day from Kosovo to Sierra Leone, U.S Presidential elections to airstrikes in Gaza.
She reported from New York in the aftermath of September 11th, anchored and reported from Baghdad during the U.S led invasion of Iraq, and witnessed the fall of Taliban in Afghanistan where she was injured by shrapnel in a Taliban suicide attack. Soon afterwards, she was a member of the first overseas media team admitted to Guantanamo Bay.
Before joining ITN Andrea was based in Hong Kong for 5 years where she covered 1997 handover of the territory from Britain to China.
There aren’t many success stories amongst the street children of Kolkata. Certainly not on the scale of Saroo Brierley, whose book was turned into the movie Lion, tipped for Oscar glory this weekend. It’s a story so moving that even hard bitten hacks at the private screening I went to were suspiciously red-eyed as the credits rolled. It has since captivated audiences worldwide – because it’s all true.
“To all the little girls watching… never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world”
Hillary Clinton’s words after she failed to shatter the glass ceiling to the very top floor.
However valuable and deserving those little girls, it’s hard to believe that they really have the same chance and opportunity as all the little boys watching when she’s just been beaten to the top job by America’s most famous misogynist.
The normally laid back islanders in Mallorca were unusually exercised when I was there this week over half-term.
They’re campaigning to stick with summertime time across the Balearics when the clocks go back across the rest of Spain this weekend as they do in the UK.
Their efforts have met with local approval but they fear central government in Madrid who have the final say won’t agree that they should hang onto that extra hour of evening sun. Even though the islanders say that as they are the most easterly part of Spain they suffer most from the time change. Read more
It’s been described as ‘the greatest literary love-fest on earth’, ‘like Hay dropping acid’ and as ‘The Woodstock of world literature’ so 2016’s Jaipur Literature Festival had a lot to live up to. But from the moment I spilled out of the tuk tuk and through the gate of the Diggi Palace in the Rjasthani capital I was captivated.
The venue alone would be worth a visit at any time of year. A welcome oasis from the dust, noise and chaos of the of streets of the Rajasthani capital, which has transformed in the 15 years since I last visited.
The festival takes place over 5 days in 5 venues all inside the palace grounds creating the feel of a rock festival than a literary one. The whole place is teaming with energy and ideas, music, food, drink and bonhomie flow along with the festival goers from one venue to another. Read more