Laura Kuenssberg ‘in talks to step down as BBC political editor’

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Laura Kuensberg is in talks to step down as BBC political editor and switch to presenting after six years Today The program has been described.

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She could potentially be replaced by John Sopel, currently the corporation’s editor for North America, returning to the UK next month and taking time off before returning to work next year.

The BBC said Mr Sopel’s role was being advertised internally and would not confirm if Ms Kuenssberg was changing roles.


The corporation’s first female political editor has come under scathing attack on social media, with critics accusing her of bias, especially those on the left who claim she is sympathetic to the Conservatives.

A source told that his move will be part of a wider reshuffle of senior journalists. Guardian.

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A BBC spokesman said Granthshala: “The North America Editor role is currently being advertised internally and the role will go through the normal hiring process; it is a bit early to start speculating about its outcome, let alone other jobs that are not actually vacant.”

Mr Sopel, who had joined the political editor job six years ago, may be replaced by Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland editor and current Today presenter in Washington DC.

Ms. Kuensberg’s deal is yet to be signed and there is no fixed time frame, Guardian informed of.

a note seen by GranthshalaSopel, from news chief Jonathan Munro announcing Mr Sopel’s move earlier this week, read: “He will wrap up in Washington at the end of November, then take a career break to catch up with family spread around the world before returning. The following year for a role at the BBC.

“John has been at the forefront of our coverage throughout his posting which included three presidents, two elections and two impeachments.”

The note quoted Mr Sopel as saying: “I am now going to return to London and take a few months off before working on the plans ahead.”

The next year, when the BBC celebrates its centenary, marks the start of a mid-term review of the corporation’s Royal Charter, following anger last year when aides to the prime minister reportedly said the government was looking to abolish the license fee and replace it. making plans. A Netflix-style subscription model.

The BBC’s political editors are often moved to senior prep jobs ahead of general elections, leaving the role to their successors. His predecessor Nick Robinson is one of today’s five regular presenters.


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