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BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg to step down next Easter after seven years

Dec 20, 2021

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Laura Kuenssberg will be stepping down from the BBC as the political editor after seven years.

In Easter Laura will be taking on a senior presenting and reporting role across the BBC with a range of news and current affairs projects planned.

She will appear in TV, radio and online, with more details expected to be announced in the new year.

Laura landed her role as political editor in 2015 and broke records as the first female to take the job – and over the years she has covered a variety of incredibly important topics across the platform.

Her biggest topics include two general elections, the Brexit referendum and most recently the Covid-19 pandemic.

She has presented two TV documentaries on Brexit and a podcast on Covid-19 and built up a large following for her online columns alongside a growing social media following.

Laura has built an incredibly successful career at the BBC with multiple impressive achievements under her belt.

Upon the announcement, Laura 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."

She added: "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."

BBC Director-General Tim Davie praised Laura as an "outstanding" political editor, complimenting her "incisive commentary, tough questioning and astute insight".

He added: "She's such 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."

Laura announced the news herself on social media as she said her job has been an "honour" for the last seven years.

While she won't be on screens for a little while for her Christmas break, she told her followers that there is plenty to come when she's back in her chair until April.

Her followers have already showered her with well-wishes, with some fans telling her that Laura's impressive reporting style sparked an interest in politics for many.

She will remain on screen until Easter 2022.

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