‘Glam new face of BBC politics,’ the Daily Mail’s headline purred, while The Telegraph splashed a leggy photo of Laura Kuenssberg beneath mostly benign words.
If the warm, rather than usually withering, front-page reactions by two of the public broadcaster’s fiercest media critics are anything to go by, the Beeb’s appointment of its first female political editor has been a masterstroke in its fight for survival.
Beyond the basic charms approved of by newspaper editors with 1950s mindsets, Italian-born and Glaswegian-raised Kuenssberg is also an excellent journalist with a deep intellect, powerful interviewing skills and a laudable ability to be impartial – something her predecessor Nick Robinson was sometimes accused of lacking.
Bosses at the BBC, which faces its most strenuous government attacks ever, may have found a new secret weapon to win more of the public on side.
And here it is worth pointing out that we – not Whitehall – pay for the most respected and best known broadcaster in theRead More »from Could ‘glam new face of BBC politics’ Laura Kuenssberg be secret weapon in Auntie’s fight for survival?