TV Stars Raise Thousands for Restless

13 Mar 15

Where would you find Channel 4's Jon Snow battling Sky News' Kay Burley and the BBC's Emily Maitlis for the most coveted prize in the UK media and helping young people across the world at the same time?

The Ultimate News Quiz, sponsored by the Premier League, brings together media stars to settle who the champion of current affairs is, and raise vital funds for Restless Development's young people around the world and our partners Action for Children's work with the most vulnerable and neglected children in the UK.

The intense rivalry started well before the event...

UNQ Co-founder and BBC Radio 4 host Martha Kearney was MC and introduced broadcasting legend Michael Buerk, who was one of many who warmed up by grilling cardboard cutouts of the political party leaders, in what might be the closest thing the media gets to election TV debates.


Halfway through, a star-studded selfie stick sequel to last year's effort was gathered to wish the BBC's Nick Robinson well.


Attendees were reminded, and thanked, that their fundraising went towards helping young people take control of their own lives, like the volunteer Community Mobilisers currently battling Ebola in Sierra Leone.


We had some special guests in the form of Hugo Swire MP, former England footballer Graeme Le Saux, and the crowd favourite Grayson Perry, complete with pink platform shoes.


A fiercely contested battle at the top of the leaderboard between CNN and Five News ended up with the Five News team winning the Ultimate News Quiz trophy for the first time, and with it the ultimate bragging rights over their newsroom peers.

I'm tremendously proud of our team in winning tonight's trophy. It just shows that small is beautiful. And to win as well as raising money for great causes is a double victory - Cristina Nicolotti Squires, Editor, 5 News

But the real winners were the children and young people supported by Action for Children and Restless Development, with the fantastic grand total of £91,500 raised on the night.

We'll leave the final word to Jon Snow, whose team unfortunately didn't end up improving on that 4th place....

An awesome evening. We dropped two places from last year but we've got a strategy for 2016. A shame there wasn't a Game of Thrones question, but then again, I'm Jon Snow, I know nothing. - Jon Snow, Channel 4 News