Laura Kuenssberg to step down as BBC political editor after 7 years for new role


Laura Kuenssberg has announced plans to step down as the BBC’s political editor next Easter after seven years at the helm

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Laura Kuenssberg will step down as the BBC’s political editor next Easter after seven years in the job.

She will leave the role next Easter to take up a senior presenting and reporting position across the corporation that will take in TV, radio and online.

Announcing the move today, Laura admitted she would miss the drama of Westminster ‘immensely’ but is looking forward to a new challenge.

“I’ve been so lucky to do the best daily reporting job in the business, with the best colleagues anyone could wish for.

“It’s been incredible to occupy the chair during a time of such huge change and to try to make sense of it for our viewers, listeners and readers online.

“I’ll miss the daily drama, and our wonderful team in Westminster, immensely. But after nearly seven years and what feels like decades’ worth of headlines, it’s time for the next move,” she said in a statement.

Laura Kuenssberg is quitting her role as the BBC’s political editor
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The long-serving journalist revealed she will stay in her current position until Easter before moving on to new presenting roles at the corporation
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Following up the news on Twitter, Laura told her 1.3 million followers: “After nearly 7 years, in April I’m moving on from best daily reporting job + the most wonderful team in the business. It’s been an honour and an amazing ride – more to come in 2022! With love + thanks to all at BBC politics.”

She went on to give a ‘huge thanks’ to all the viewers viewers, listeners and readers who’ve shared their stories over the years and gave a special acknowledgement to her team.

“Your work’s only ever as good as your team, and I’ve been SO lucky to have the very best,” she tweeted.

“Anyway, I’m taking a break for Christmas, but there will be PLENTY of news to come over the next few weeks and while I’m still in the chair until April! keep up with @BBCNews and @BBCPolitics and more here in 2022 – Have a safe and happy Christmas x”

Following news of Laura’s departure, the BBC’s Director-General Tim Davie praised her work as an ‘outstanding BBC political editor throughout the most turbulent political times in living memory.’

Laura is a familiar face to BBC viewers, particularly through her work in the Covid pandemic
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“Her incisive commentary, tough questioning and astute insight have guided our audiences through the last seven years.

“She’s a superb interviewer and engaging presenter, and I’m thrilled that we are keeping her on our screens and airwaves. I’m looking forward to her next chapter.”

The BBC’s director of news, Fran Unsworth, added in a statement: “Laura’s a born journalist and she’s done an amazing job as political editor. She’s an energetic and determined story-getter, who gets straight to the heart of the issue and knows exactly the right questions to ask.

“Our political coverage would have been immeasurably poorer without Laura as political editor. We’re lucky to have her.”

Laura’s departure leaves open the key role of political editor at a time when the future of the BBC licence fee is being negotiated.

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