Host - Huw Edwards
Our host for the 2019 awards, back by popular demand, is Huw Edwards, anchor of Britain's most popular TV news bulletin, BBC’s Ten O'Clock News.
Originally a Parliamentary Correspondent, Huw has since won a BAFTA award, made a cameo appearance in the Bond movie Skyfall and commentated on Barack Obama’s inauguration from a Washington rooftop. He has interviewed Presidents, Prime Ministers and major figures in all areas of public life.
Huw combines newsroom duties with presenting major state events, from Trooping the Colour to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. He has filmed The History of Wales and made documentaries on Gladstone and Mozart, among many others, and regularly visits schools as ambassador for BBC News School Report.
Huw has a natural warmth and authority as an awards host and conference chair. He is also a gifted raconteur with a ready wit, as demonstrated in the panel game Would I Lie To You?
Comedian - Russell Kane
Our comedian at the 2019 event, award-winning stand-up, writer and performer Russell Kane, has firmly established himself as one of most hotly-tipped comics in the UK.
Russell has won the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for his show ‘Smokescreens and Castles’ - having been shortlisted for the award a total of three times including one nomination for Best Newcomer. To challenge himself further, Russell also produced a more unconventional Edinburgh show with his critically acclaimed hit Fakespeare: The Tragickal Savings of King Nigel, a bawdy romp set in a modern-day Essex where everyone speaks in Shakespearean verse.
As if that wasn’t enough, energetic Russell has also written a play called ‘The Great British Country Fete’, joined ITV2’s I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now presenting team, appeared on Live at the Apollo, and embarked on two national tours within just six months of each other. He’s also gone on to and host Staying in with Greg and Russell and Live at the Electric for BBCThree and written a novel, The Humorist.
Russell is a regular on TV and radio, with other credits including a week-long residency presenting Big Brother’s Big Mouth and travelling across the US filming a series of travelogues and celebrity interviews for Five.