Matthew Bannister

Matthew Bannister

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Matthew Bannister is a journalist and broadcaster. He has presented programmes on all the BBC's radio networks apart from Radio 3.

Matthew currently presents Radio 4's weekly obituary programme Last Word and Outlook the daily magazine programme on the BBC World Service which explores the human stories behind the news. In May 2009, he won a Silver Sony Radio Award for his Outlook series Black in the USA broadcast in the run up to the election of Barack Obama as US President.

Matthew has presented many programmes on Radio 5 Live including his own late night talk show and the mid morning phone in. He anchored four hours of live coverage of the July 7th 2005 bombs in London for both Radio 5 Live and Radio 4. He has also presented Broadcasting House and Saturday PM on Radio 4 and regularly stands in for Jeremy Vine on Radio 2.

In the 1990s Matthew was a senior manager at the BBC. He was Chief Executive of Production, Director of Radio and the Corporation's first board-level Director of Marketing and Communication. As Controller of Radio 1 between 1993 and 1998, he re-positioned the network at the cutting edge of new music and attracted a new, younger audience.

Matthew also launched and led the BBC's London station GLR, beginning an association with Chris Evans, Chris Morris, Danny Baker and Emma Freud that continued at Radio 1.

In the 1980s, Matthew presented Newsbeat on Radio 1 before becoming Head of News and Talks at London's Capital Radio where he launched, edited and presented the multi-award winning daily news magazine The Way It Is. Matthew began his broadcasting career at BBC Radio Nottingham where he presented the breakfast show. His television presenting credits include The Cram for BBC 2 and Five's The Wright Stuff.

Classique has been working with International Artistes from around the world for over 20 years, whether they are ‘A’ list celebrities, Chart Toppers, performers from TV talent shows or Celebrity DJs. Along with our in-house production team, we pull together all the details – dealing with flights, transfers, accommodation and riders for all the major artists and their teams.

As the UK’s No 1 booker of celebrity artists we deal with everything for you and work constantly with management companies throughout the world, where we have built up great relationships and have the latest information about who is available and who would work best for your event.

## Covid update - we are working with a large number of artists and managements throughout the world to be able to bring some incredible performances to your virtual event. Don't miss out on the music and laughter, we can help!! :D

Please contact us for any ideas for your event and we will work with you, always understanding time constraints and budgets.

Unfortunately we are unable to request autographs or personal Meet & Greets (unless part of a Classique event and pre-arranged) and we suggest contacting the artist's own websites or fan sites. Apologies, we are also not able to ask for Video calls / personal birthday requests / free / gratis / charity / reduced fee performances from any of the artists – again please contact your chosen artist through their own websites.
We are however very happy to pass on your thanks to any artist that has appeared at your event arranged and organised by Classique.

The majority of prices will be plus vat at the current UK rate of 20%.