Dorothy Byrne

Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4

Biography

Dorothy Byrne was appointed Head of News & Current Affairs in September 2003, having previous edited Dispatches.

During her tenure, the Channel’s news and current affairs programmes have won numerous BAFTA, RTS, Emmy Awards and others. In 2014, Dispatches won the RTS Journalism Awards for both best Home and best International Current Affairs, the first time one strand won both awards, and Channel Four News won the RTS Journalism Award for Best News Programme of the Year for the second year running.

Dorothy was made a Fellow of The Royal Television Society for her “outstanding contribution to television”. She has also won the Factual Award (given by Women in Film and Television). She is chair of the Ethical Journalism Network which supports the development of ethical codes in journalistic organisations across the globe. She is also a visiting professor of Journalism at Lincoln University.

She is a former World In Action producer and editor of ITV’s The Big Story. Before joining Channel 4 she also produced arts programmes and executive produced history series for the channel.

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