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  • Laura Kuenssberg announced as new Political Editor

    It was announced yesterday that Newsnight’s chief correspondent is to become the BBC’s next political editor, replacing Nick Robinson who will take up a new role as a presenter on the Today programme.

    Kuenssberg, 38, will be the first female holder of the prestigious post and will become the new face of BBC political coverage. This does come as no surprise especially after she played a major role in the election night coverage where Robinson was only able to contribute a reduced role.

    Joining the BBC in 2000, she quickly rose up the ranks working on various programmes including the Daily Politics, the Today programme and Breakfast. By 2009 she had become the corporation’s chief political correspondent and played a pivotal role during the 2010 election culminating in the journalist David Aaronovitch coining the term “Kuenssbergovision”.

    Kuenssberg left the BBC in 2011 to take up a new role of business editor for ITV News and was even given the opportunity to present the ITV News at Ten. In 2014 she made her return to the BBC presenting Newsnight alongside being the programme’s chief correspondent.

    BBC director-general Tony Hall said: "Laura's an exceptional journalist - I saw that for myself in our studio on election night. Her knowledge of Westminster politics is second to none, but she also has a real flair for asking the questions the audience want answering."

    Kuenssberg successfully beat off competition from other contenders including Allegra Stratton, Lucy Manning, Cathy Newman, Joey Jones and of course deputy political editor James Landale who has been Robinson’s number two for over ten years. Landale in widely expected to take up the new role of political editor of ITV after Tom Bradby was announced as the new presenter of the News at Ten.

    The appointment of Laura as the new political editor seemed obvious to most people. The corporation was looking for a woman to take up the influential post but thankfully she has been awarded the post also on merit. Her experience and knowledge of the Westminster bubble make her as credible a candidate as anyone and she is likely to hold the post for some time indeed.

    Laura presented her final edition of Newsnight on Thursday 30th July, she made 52 appearances on the programme.

    Jack Axford

    Co-editor, BNF


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