BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg to leave post

The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg has confirmed that she will step down from her current position but remain with the media in “a senior presenting and reporting role”.

Kuenssberg took over the position from Nick Robinson in 2015, making her the first female to fill the role. She is reported to earn between £200,000 and £249,999 annually, saying: “I’m well rewarded for a job I massively enjoy doing. I think I’m paid very fairly.”

During her time as political editor, Kuenssberg has covered the Brexit referendum and two general elections. The award-winning journalist has been in talks about taking up a presenting role on Radio 4’s Today but would remain in post until Easter.

Kuenssberg revealed she would take on “a range of news and current affairs projects across TV, radio and online”, and more details on her next projects will be announced next year. The 45-year-old said it had been “incredible to occupy the chair during a time of such huge change” in British politics.

To find her replacement, the BBC will start a “competitive recruitment process”, and a number of possible names have been circulated among BBC staff and other observers.

Politico reported that BBC staff put their bets on Jon Sopel after it was confirmed he is leaving the U.S. to return to the UK. Leaving his position as North America Editor, Sopel said in October that he was planning a long break and “maybe” a new book.

Others also mentioned Vicki Young, current BBC News deputy political editor, as the broadcaster was looking for another woman to replace Kuenssberg. Newcast podcast host and political correspondent Chris Mason is reportedly also part of the shortlist.

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