Journalist and broadcaster Kate Silverton once again compered the annual London Press Club Ball in 2014.
One of the BBC’s main anchors for the One, Six and Ten O’clock news, she presents and reports across a wide range of prime-time programmes including the BBC’s flagship current affairs show Panorama.
She has a passion for conservation and Natural History and secured an exclusive interview with HRH The Duke of Cambridge speaking candidly about his anger at rhino poaching in Africa. She also co-hosted the Tusk Conservation Awards with the Duke of Cambridge, in their respective roles as Patrons for the charity.
She has also won acclaim for the BBC feature ‘Ultimate Wild Water’ overcoming her fear of open water to tackle some of Britain’s most notorious waters by kayak and won plaudits for her frontline reports in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has also appeared on Have I Got News For You and Top Gear. A keen sportswoman, she presented various events at the 2012 Olympics.
She has travelled extensively throughout Africa and the Middle East, the Far East and Europe. She lived on a kibbutz in Israel before hitch-hiking to meet and interview people living in the Palestinian Territories, a journey that saw her shot at and tear-gassed. She lived with the Bedouin in the desert in Egypt and survived being drugged and robbed in the former Yugoslavia.
Kate is an active supporter of a number of other charities including TUSK, Born Free, Kids Company and has twice taken part in the London Triathlon to raise money for SPARKS children’s charity.
She graduated from the University of Durham with a BSc in Psychology, specialising in child development. Before that she studied Arabic and Middle Eastern history. She met her husband Mike Heron, a former Royal Marine, while on a course training her how to operate effectively in “hostile environments”. They have a young daughter, Clemency Florence Rose and a baby son Wilbur.
Veteran broadcaster and inquisitor Nick Ferrari ensured the bids accelerated at top speed when he again acted as celebrity auctioneer for the London Press Club Ball in 2014.
Nick is the multi award-winning journalist and host of Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on LBC 97.3 – London’s number one commercial breakfast show in terms of market share.
He was named London Press Club Broadcaster of the Year for 2014.
He hosted the heated headline-grabbing hour-long LBC leaders’ debate on Britain’s future in Europe between Liberal leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and UKIP leader Nigel Farage which was broadcast live.
Nick is a regular contributor on ITV1’s This Morning and has appeared on many other TV programmes including Question Time, This Week, Newsnight, Sky News, and the comedy series Extras, starring Ricky Gervais, when Nick played himself. He also writes a weekly column in the Sunday Express.
Nick moved into broadcasting from a highly successful career in the national press, where he was editor of The Sun’s Bizarre column and deputy editor of the Daily Mirror. In 1989, he became launch editor of the Sky News channel and was later promoted to vice president of news and programming at Fox TV in New York.
He joined London’s LBC 97.3 in 2001 and became the presenter of the weekday breakfast show.
His other many prestigious awards include two Sony Radio Gold Awards: Best Breakfast Show and Speech Broadcaster of the Year. Nick has also won two Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards: Breakfast Show of the Year and the coveted Arqiva Gold Award.
Tune in to Nick Ferrari at Breakfast every weekday from 7am to 10am on LBC 97.3, available in Greater London on 97.3 FM, digital, mobile and lbc.co.uk