Type of Entertainment
Presenter & Host - News / Speaker - After Dinner Speaker
Corporate Events, Conferences, Award Ceremonies, Launch Events
Martyn Lewis is a former BBC newsreader and journalist.
For over 32 years, Martyn Lewis built up a considerable reputation as one of Britain’s best-known TV anchormen. He has since decided to take up a business career, as Chairman of Teliris, the company he co-founded with British & American partners after leaving the BBC. Teliris has become the global leader in ‘Interactive Telepresence’ – a new ‘Being There’ technology system which is rapidly taking over from video-conferencing. This revolutionary ‘next generation’ communications technology has an ever increasing list of blue-chip clients from the worlds of banking, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, publishing, finance & film-making.
Martyn dovetails his entrepreneurial role as Chairman of Teliris with his many corporate conference presenting & speaking engagements. It is the unique combination of Martyn’s success & experience in both media & corporate worlds, his business acumen, his debating, interviewing & presentation skills which have all won Martyn regular contracts presenting conferences around the globe for major national & international blue chip organisations.
Martyn still finds time to make regular appearances on our television screens in discussion programmes such as ITV’s Ultimate Questions but most company executives in Britain have grown up with his news anchoring. Over 20 years he presented first, ITN’s News at Ten, then the BBC’s One O’Clock, Six O’Clock & Nine O’Clock News. He has presented the prime-time BBC documentary series Crimebeat, the daily news quiz Today’s the Day & also co-presented General Election & Budget programmes.
The six books he has authored include Reflections on Success for which he interviewed 67 prominent achievers from many walks of life – ranging from Tony O’Reilly & Shimon Peres to Michael Palin & Billy Connolly, from Tony Blair & F.W. de Klerk to Sir Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench & Lynford Christie. Martyn summarises key parts of the book in a highly motivational speech which goes down well at corporate conferences. The book has been bought by companies such as Peugeot & Accenture to give to their senior staff after conferences which Martyn has presented for them.
Charity work takes up a large part of Martyn’s spare time. He is Chair of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Main Awards Committee & is a familiar after dinner speaker at Hospice fund-raising functions across the country.
Martyn is also Chairman for YouthNet UK, a charity he founded in 1995 to create a comprehensive internet site signposting young people to every conceivable opportunity or form of help they might need. Praised publicly by both the Prime Minister & the Chancellor, it has a staff of 35, a budget of over £3million a year & is accessed by over half a million young people a month. YouthNet has also created the national volunteering database, with over 600,000 regularly updated volunteering opportunities on line.
In 1994, Martyn made the news himself with two controversial & widely debated speeches arguing for a shift in the agenda of TV news programmes to achieve a fairer balance between the positive & the negative & report & analyse achievement just as much as failure. He still debates these very same issues in forums around the world.
Richard Lindley’s recent book on the history of ITN describes Martyn Lewis as “simply one of the best news story film-makers ITN ever employed”. He now brings that experience to the corporate sector as Chairman of NICE TV, which provides bespoke TV news programmes for major conferences.
Martyn was awarded a CBE in the 1997 New Years Honours list.
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