Laura Kuenssberg grills Rishi Sunak on taxation rise
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Ms Kuenssberg is in talks to become a presenter on Radio 4’s Today programme after a successful career with BBC News. In 2015, Ms Kuenssberg was the first woman to be appointed as BBC political editor and has since led on TV’s Brexit coverage.
BBC World News North America editor, Jon Sopel, is apparently the favourite to replace Ms Kuenssberg.
Mr Sopel joined the BBC in 1983 and previously held the position of chief political correspondent for BBC News as well as being a presenter on the ‘Politics Show’ on BBC One.
Last year he covered the presidential election in the US for BBC World News, but has announced his return to the UK just a few days ago.
Mr Sopel insists he is flying home to write a book, but others suspect he will be taking over from Ms Kuenssberg.
Editor at Politico, Alex Wickham, said: “He certainly has the gravitas and is one of the few celebrity journalists who could fly in and get people talking.”
The BBC is founded on principles of impartiality, and though Ms Kuenssberg has been criticised for biased reporting during her time as political editor, Mr Sopel is famed for speaking his mind on air and could be a step too far for BBC viewers, insiders have said.
The current deputy political editor at BBC News, Vicki Young, is another favourite to take over, possessing years of experience in Westminster’s circles and a record of total impartiality.
Ms Young is seen as the “safe pair of hands that new BBC Director General Tim Davie is looking for”, according to Politico.
James Landale, diplomatic correspondent for BBC News, could be up for the top position after it was widely reported that he lost out on the position to Ms Kuenssburg last time around.
He previously held the position of deputy political editor in 2009 and rejected an offer from Prime Minister Theresa May to become the eighth Downing Street Director of Communications in 2017.
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Outside the BBC, Sky News’s political editor, Beth Rigby, is one of the most senior journalists in the country and could be on the card for a BBC job offer.
Other contenders include the One Show’s Amol Rajan, the BBC’s political podcaster Adam Fleming, Any Questions presenter Chris Mason, and Newsnight’s Nick Watt.
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