Laura Kuenssberg to step down as BBC political editor

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Laura Kuenssberg to step down as BBC political editor
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Laura Kuenssberg will step down as the BBC’s political editor at Easter and will take on a senior presenting and reporting role, the broadcaster said.

Kuenssberg, who has been in the role for close to seven years, thanked BBC colleagues and viewers for joining her “on an amazing ride” as she warned there will be plenty of headlines to come before she officially steps aside in April.

She said: “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.”

The BBC’s Director-General Tim Davie said: “Laura has been an outstanding BBC political editor throughout the most turbulent political times in living memory. 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, said: “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.”

Her 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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