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Matt Barbet



Where are you from?

Born in Chester, brought up in North Wales.

How did you get started in broadcasting?

Two weeks freelance at Red Dragon FM in Cardiff – and then post-grad at the city’s journalism school.

When was that?


Why News broadcasting?

It’s constantly changing, so every day is different – and when something huge happens, it can be incredibly exciting.

Where else would have viewers seen or heard you before?

IRN, Channel 5 News, Liquid News, BBC Radio 1.

What is your Best on-air moment?

Reporting pitch-side as England beat Germany 5-1 in Munich in 2001. All semblance of broadcaster impartiality went out of the window as each of the goals went in, and I just shouted myself hoarse repeating the scoreline into my mic.

What is your Worst on-air moment?

When I was at Radio 1, I was sight-reading a story about a boy who had lost both of his arms. Unfortunately, the way the script was written led me to add and his legs, when in fact he hadn’t. Everyone in the studio creased up, while all the blood ran from my face. I swiftly apologised and handed to sport…

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Tennis, playing the guitar, supporting Liverpool, trying to enjoy the best London has to offer.

What advice would you give to anyone that would like to get into the broadcasting world?

As well as the universal truths like having to work for free, not getting paid enough etc, do watch The Day Today. It’s almost exactly like that.

A big thanks to Matt for taking part.

Updated: Thursday 21 May 2009

Claudia-Liza Armah is to join 5 News as presenter of the 6.30pm bulletin from the new year. The Sky News Presenter will replace Matt Barbet, who announced he is leaving 5 News next week. “It’s been an incredible decade, and I’ve been privileged to spend…

Matt Barbet is to return to Channel 5 News to present the refreshed 6:30pm programme: 5 News Tonight. After two years at ITV presenting Daybreak, Matt returns to present 5 News Tonight with Emma Crosby remaining the presenter on 5 News at 5. “I’m really…

News presenter Matt Barbet presented his last 5 News bulletin tonight. Matt, who joined 5 News in 2007, will take up a new role on Daybreak from September 2012. He will join Ranvir Singh to present the first hour of the programme between 6-7am before…

Matt Barbet and Ranvir Singh will be the new presenters of the first hour of ITV1’s Daybreak. The pair, who take up their new roles in September, will join the refreshed Daybreak to present the first hour of the programme between 6-7am followed by Daybreak’s…

BBC London News’ Matt Barbet is to join Five News in October ahead of a new look to the channels news bulletins, it has been announced. Barbet, who has recently presented the BBC’s main Breakfast programme, will join the channel as a presenter and correspondent…

Matt Barbet -born 8 June 1976 – is a news presenter for Channel 5. In 2003, Barbet joined BBC News, where he worked on various news programmes. In September 2007, he joined 5 News. He covered some of the broadcaster’s main news events, and left…

The Royal Television Society has announced the nominations for the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2016. The awards, for news and current affairs, seek to recognise creative and excellent journalism by organisations whose broadcasts are transmitted on a UK based platform and, for the first time,…

The final edition of ITV’s Daybreak airs this morning. The programme will be replaced by a new breakfast show from Monday morning entitled ‘Good Morning Britain‘. The show, which will continue to broadcast in the same timeslot as Daybreak (6am-8.30am), will be fronted by Susanna…

Daybreak .. With Matt Barbet and Ranvir Singh (6-7am) .. And Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly (7-8.30am) On the Programme Main Titles Graphics Newspapers Weather Studio

ITV has today given its breakfast show a relaunch. With new presenters, graphics, music and studio, the new Daybreak aims to “deliver the stories that matter to viewers in the world of news and entertainment.” From now on the programme will be presented by Matt…