Carol Vorderman

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Carol Jean Vorderman is a British media personality, best known for co-hosting the game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 until 2008, as a newspaper columnist and nominal author of educational and diet books, and hosting the annual Pride of Britain awards. She has written books on detox diets.

Carol Vorderman’s career began in 1982 when she joined Channel 4 game show Countdown. She appeared on the show most recently with Des O’Connor, and previously with Des Lynam and before that Richard Whiteley (from 1982 until his death in 2005). Carol Vorderman left the show in 2008. While appearing on Countdown, Carol Vorderman began presenting other shows for various broadcasters including Better Homes and The Pride of Britain Awards for ITV, as well as guest hosting shows such as Have I Got News for You, The Sunday Night Project and Lorraine.

Carol Vorderman was a presenter of ITV’s Loose Women from 2011 until 2014.

Liz Bates

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Liz Bates is currently Westminster correspondent for the Yorkshire Post, part of JPI Media. She has previously worked for Politics Home and as a communications officer for Labour MP John Healey.

Originally from Rotherham, Liz Bates said she hopes her background will enable her “to reach out beyond the Westminster bubble and deliver political coverage that is authentic and relevant”.

Liz Bates scooped her rival lobby journalists – the cohort of reporters based in Parliament – earlier this year with a video of Labour MP Chris Williamson telling a Momentum meeting that Labour had been “too apologetic” about the anti-Semitism claims tearing through its ranks.

The story, which ran as an exclusive in the Post, led to his suspension by Jeremy Corbyn’s party.

Liz Bates said she “can’t wait to get started” at Channel 4 News, which she said “continually sets the bar high”, adding: “I’m looking forward to working with the best in the business.”

Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear added: “Liz is a first rate journalist who has produced a series of notable exclusives but also impressive in how she relentlessly pursued and secured Boris Johnson recently for an interview.

“She has a completely new and fresh take on politics and its place in British society which really impressed us. She will be a wonderful addition to the newsroom.”

Crick, 60, announced his sudden departure from Channel 4 News in April after eight years as political correspondent at the broadcaster. He now works freelance, saying he had not “hung up his boots” as a reporter.

Channel 4 News has also confirmed that Paul McNamara will continue on the politics beat after a successful stint reporting from Westminster.