As well as a decade on Channel 5 Matt’s career has taken in BBC News, Radio 1, ITV and covering everything from the Oscars to pro cycling.


Matt Barbet presented Channel 5’s main 5 News and 5 News Tonight bulletins for over a decade. He now combines broadcast work with his passion for cycling and serving as a Director at renown PR agency Freuds.

After starting his news career at Radio 1, Matt presented bulletins for BBC News 24 and BBC London, with occasional stints on BBC Breakfast. He then moved to Channel 5. He hosted all of their news programmes during his time with the broadcaster, and reported from the scene of the Haitian earthquake and was embedded with the Army in Afghanistan.

Matt then moved to ITV to co-host their breakfast show Daybreak as well as continuing with news presenting duties for the channel. When Daybreak finished its run, Matt returned to Channel 5.

A passionate cyclist and bike fan, Matt has hosted of ITV4’s The Cycle Show (he’s also written for Cyclist and Cycling Plus, has completed the gruelling L'Étape du Tour in the French Alps as well as a number of long-distance road routes, and hosts the Home Roads cycling podcast).

Matt has also hosted BBC News 24’s STORYFix and presented regional feeds for Children in Need. He’s covered the Oscars and a royal wedding and competed in a charity edition of The Chase. In print, he’s written for The Independent, Monocle, Cycling Plus and has a monthly column in Bikes Etc.

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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH