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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Thursday, 30 March 2006, 17:38 GMT 18:38 UK
Emily Maitlis
Emily presents both Newsnight, the BBC's flagship current affairs show on BBC TWO, and News 24, the BBC's breaking news channel.

Emily Maitlis
She joined the BBC four years ago from Sky to become the face of London's nightly news programme. During her time there she covered the General Election, securing interviews with all the main party leaders, anchored the mayoral election coverage, presented the 2006 Budget alongside David Dimbleby and co-presented the Local Elections 2006 special programme.

She also secured the first admission from Tony Blair that he had backed the wrong horse to lead London.

At Sky News she covered major breaking international stories including the US and Israeli elections, the Concorde crash, the Afghan hostage crisis and Rover's selling off of BMW.

On the domestic front she covered several Mandelson resignations and indeed several Tory Party leadership contests.

She began her career in television in the Far East, working in China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Cambodia on half-hour documentary programmes. Subjects she examined included the Death Penalty in China, the growing exodus of Philippine women to become economic migrants, the slow re-birth of Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge and of course the transition of power to China in Hong Kong.

She covered the Handover itself working with Jon Snow and Channel 4, and went on to become a Business Correspondent with NBC covering the collapse of the tiger economies in 1997.

She has made documentaries for Radio 1 from Hong Kong on the music and club scene, aired the week of the Handover, has presented BBC Breakfast and written for the Spectator magazine.

She speaks French, Spanish, Italian and studied Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan. She has also been nominated for a Royal Television Society award.

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