Jon Snow to leave Channel 4 News

Justin Harp
·2-min read
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

Jon Snow has announced that he will be stepping down as presenter of Channel 4 News.

The veteran journalist joined the news broadcaster in 1989, and has seen the country through national tragedies, wars, royal weddings, elections and countless other massive stories.

Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear announced Snow's departure on Thursday (April 29) while hailing his "fearless journalism, inherent compassion, a nose for a good story as well as sympathy for the underdog".

Snow himself said: "After three incredible decades on Channel 4 News, it is time to move on. I am excited by the many things I want to accomplish but I have to say I have enjoyed every minute of my time with the programme.

Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

"It has brought me adventure, as well as sorrow in some of the stories that I have had to report and also joy in reporting others, but above all, it has brought me community in working with the most fantastic group of people who are bound in intellect, humour and understanding.

"Together, we have forged a wonderful service. I feel proud to have contributed to Channel 4 News let alone to have anchored the programme for the last 32 years. I'm looking forward to new adventures and new challenges."

He will leave as of December 31. Among the most significant stories Snow has covered in recent years has been bringing the nation up-to-the-minute news about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire - PA Images
Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire - PA Images

Snow was forced to take a 14-day hiatus from Channel 4 News in March 2020 to quarantine because he and his crew had been in Iran covering its elections.

He announced happier news last month when he confirmed he'd be a dad again at 73, as he and his wife Precious Lunga will be welcoming a baby via a surrogate.

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