Laura Kuenssberg confirmed as new BBC Political Editor after Corporation’s Twitter gaffe

Laura Kuenssberg

Laura Kuenssberg, the Newsnight presenter, has been confirmed as the BBC’s first female Political Editor.

The announcement was first made on Twitter by Jonathan Munro, Head of Newsgathering at the Corporation, on Wednesday afternoon.

But his tweet was deleted moments later – leading to speculation that Kuenssberg or some of the other candidates had yet to be told. The BBC confirmed the news in a statement at shortly after 6pm.

It means 38-year-old Kuenssberg replaces Nick Robinson, who has left the role after a decade and is moving to Radio 4’s flagship Today programme by the autumn.

“I’m completely delighted and I recognise the responsibility on my shoulders,” Kuenssberg said in a statement. “It’s an honour for me to follow Nick Robinson who has been such an outstanding Political Editor.”

Mr Munro first broke the news with a tweet that started “breaking media news” at about 3.30pm.


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