Guy Basnett is an investigative journalist based in London.
He is currently Deputy Investigations Editor at Channel 4 News.



Before joining Channel 4 News, Guy co-founded investigative news agency OpenWorld News, producing content for the UK’s national newspapers and documentaries, including Channel 4 Dispatches and BBC Panorama.

He has exposed corruption in the European Parliament, uncovered expenses abuse by British MPs, and revealed child labour abuses. He was part of the team behind a four-month undercover investigation into Cambridge Analytica, and investigation into Brexit businessman Arron Banks.

Guy has won or been shortlisted for a number of national and international awards, including the British Journalism Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Awards, Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards, and British Press Awards.

He began his career on local newspapers in Cheshire, before moving to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne as Chief Reporter of The Journal, covering the North of England. His work has appeared in national newspapers across Fleet Street, including the Sunday Times, and on some of Britain’s best-known documentary series. 


You can see a selection of previous investigations in Portfolio.



Channel 4 News, Cambridge Analytica Investigation

  • Bafta 2019, News Coverage (winner)
  • Peabody Award (winner)
  • RTS Journalism Awards 2019, News Coverage Home (winner)
  • RTS Journalism Awards 2019, Scoop of the Year (winner)
  • RTS Journalism Awards 2019, News Coverage International (winner)
  • British Journalism Awards 2018, Investigation of the Year (winner)

Channel 4 News, Election Expenses Exposed

  • IRE Award 2017, Broadcast Large (winner)
  • RTS Journalism Awards 2017, News Coverage Home (nominated)
  • RTS Journalism Awards 2017, Scoop of the Year (nominated)
  • British Journalism Awards 2017, Politics Journalism (finalist)

ITV Exposure,  Abused and Betrayed: A Life Sentence

  • RTS Journalism Awards 2017, Home Current Affairs (nominated)

Channel 4 Dispatches, Exposing Hospital Heartache

  • British Journalism Awards 2014, Investigation of the Year (finalist)

BBC Panorama, All In A Good Cause

  • Bafta Scotland 2014, Current Affairs (nominated, original research)

Press Awards

  • British Press Awards 2010, Young Journalist of the Year (finalist)
  • British Press Awards 2009, Reporter of the Year (finalist)
  • Press Gazette Regional Press Awards 2006, Young Journalist of the Year (winner)