Laura Kuenssberg replacement at BBC should be ‘pro-Brexit’, says top Tory MP

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A senior Conservative MP has said the BBC should hire a political editor who is “pro-Brexit” to replace Laura Kuenssberg if she leaves her role.

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The BBC’s high-profile man is in talks to step down and present as political editor after six years Today The program has been described.

John Sopel, currently the Corporation’s North America editor, is leading the field of internal candidates to replace Kuensberg at Westminster.


But MP Julian Knight, chairman of the Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said the corporation should “throw the net wide” and find a Brexiteer to find a replacement if there are any vacancies in the key position.

“This would be an opportunity for the BBC, maybe, to see journalists who were more supportive of Brexit [approach], the influential Tory told Wire.

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Mr Knight said: “In front of our committee [BBC director general] Tim Davey could not name any senior Brexit supporter whom he employed while on his watch. Maybe this is your chance to fix it.”

The senior MP attacked the BBC for “not getting on with it” after the recent Brexit referendum, saying: “It was not in touch with Brexit as a whole – it was a collective nervous breakdown in my view.”

The chair of the media selection committee praised Ms Kuensberg’s work, however, adding that she would “be a really sad loss for the role, she brings real insight”.

His call for a pro-Brexit political editor follows Tory’s concern about the appointment of Jess Brammer to a senior role at BBC News, despite the objectivity on his old tweets.

Some right-wing media outlets drew attention to Ms Brammer’s now-deleted tweets criticizing Brexit. BBC board member Sir Robbie Gibb – Theresa May’s former director of communications – reportedly objected to her appointment.

After weeks of taking a dig at Conservative MPs, the former editor of huffpost uk In September he was given the task of overseeing the BBC’s domestic and international news channels.

The BBC has not been prepared on reports about Ms Kuenssberg changing roles, but has confirmed Mr Sopel will leave his current job and return to the UK.

a note seen by Granthshala, from news chief Jonathan Munro to staff earlier this week, read: “He’ll rap in Washington at the end of November, then take a career break to catch up with a family that spans the globe, before returning to a role. BBC next year.”


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