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?

Last year's comedian - Sean Lock

Our comedian at the 2018 event, Sean Lock, has been described by the Independent as‘one of the finest and most original comedians around today.’

A winner of the Time Out Comedy Award, Sean was Perrier nominated for his show No Flatley, I am Lord of the Dance at the Edinburgh Festival. He has also won a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-Up. Sean appears as a team captain on the Channel 4 comedy panel show, 8 out of 10 Cats. He has also appeared on They Think It’s All Over, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Room 101, and is a frequent guest on BBC2’s QI. Sean also wrote and starred in the cult BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High, in which he plays a lifeguard who lives in a south London tower block.

On radio Sean regularly contributed to Mark Radcliffe’s Evening Show, and Loose Ends. He has also written and appeared in two short films for the BFI and was commissioned by Channel 4 to write a feature length film, This Filthy Earth.

2019 comedian to be confirmed shortly......