MARIA MCCARTHY - RADIO AND TV
I'm a motoring journalist and author of The Girls' Car Handbook and The Girls' Guild to Losing your L Plates published by Simon and Schuster. I'm also a popular media commentator on motoring topics. I've appeared on BBC Breakfast news, BBC News Service, ITN, Sky, Good Morning Britain, Radio 4/You and Yours, The Today Program, the BBC World Service and BBC Central News Service (CNS) and carried out over 2,000 radio interviews.
I'm also available for broadcast pr days and have worked with a wide range of companies including Halfords, Garmin, Autotrader, Gumtree, Nextbase, and many car insurance companies including Admiral and Direct Line. My style is well-informed but also lively and engaging. Sample interviews and testimonials below.
SoundCloud - Radio interviews
A big thank you to Maria for being our spokesperson for our Diamond women and their cars campaign. Maria's knowledge was second to none, she completely brought the research to life and all the interviews went really well.
Admiral car insurance
Yours was the first name suggested when we were looking for someone to cover the topic - so it's safe to say we hold you in high regard.
Good Morning Britain, ITV
Maria was a pleasure to work with on the radio day. She did an excellent job and in some of the interviews really made me laugh - a very engaging spokesperson talking on what can be an extremely dry topic.
Direct Line car insurance
Thanks for giving a great live interview about the anniversary of the driving test - much appreciated.
BBC Breakfast news
Maria was fantastic. A real pro who came across very well in interviews and understood exactly what Gumtree needed to get out of the day. She proved a good draw for the media and I'd recommend her in a second!
3 Monkeys PR
Maria was brilliant and the feedback from the radio stations was really positive as well.
Churchill car insurance
My work has been published in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express, Good Housekeeping, Saga and many other outlets. I have been shortlisted for 10 major motoring journalism awards
2023 Newspress Awards/Consumer Journalist of the Year/Highly Commended
2023 Newspress Awards/EV Writer of the Year/Highly Commended
2020 Guild of Motoring Writers/Feature Writer of the Year/Highly Commended
2020 Newspress Awards/Consumer Journalist of the Year/Highly Commended
2019 Guild of Motoring Writers/IAM RoadSmart Safety Award/Highly Commended
2019 Newspress Awards/Consumer Journalist of the Year/Highly Commended
2018 Guild of Motoring Writers/GKN Driveline Consumer Journalist of the Year/Highly Commended
2018 Guild of Motoring Writers/AA Campaigning Journalist of the Year/Highly Commended
2018 Newspress Awards/Automotive Feature Writer of the Year/ Highly Commended
2017 Guild of Motoring Writers/AA Campaigning Journalist of the Year/ Highly Commended