Chris Mason resigns to become Laura Kuenssberg's successor

Radio 4's Any Questions presenter Chris Mason, 41, has joined Laura Kuenssberg's deputy Vicki Young in publicly saying he does not want to run for the role of BBC political editor.

GB About: Laura Kuenssberg Publish: 02/15/2022 Edit: 02/15/2022 Author: Gardener

Chris MasonKuenssberg, 45, resigns from his role at BBC after seven years Kuenssberg, 45, resigns from his role at BBC after seven years Earlier this week, Kuenssberg's deputy Vicki Young, 50, said she would not put her hat in the ring for BBC Political Editor Earlier this week, Kuenssberg's deputy Vicki Young, 50, said she would not put her hat in the ring for the BBC Political Editor post in the race to replace Laura Kuenssberg as BBC Politics Editor. Mason, 41, has joined Kuenssberg deputy Vicki Young, 50, who was considered the favorite for the role, in publicly saying he doesn't want to run for the job. Kuenssberg, 45, is stepping down after seven years after becoming the first woman to take on the role of Nick Robinson, widely regarded as one of the most respected in British journalism, in 2015. Mason, a BBC political correspondent, chose not to become Kuenssberg's successor because he wants to focus on presenting Any Questions on Radio 4 - a role he would have to give up if he were to become political editor - and a to write a book, reports The Times. Earlier this week, Young announced she would not be throwing her hat in the ring to replace Kuenssberg for "personal reasons." "I've had a lot of nice messages about the #BBC Politics Editor job and just wanted to let you all know that I won't be applying for personal reasons," she tweeted. Mason from Yorkshire has covered Brexit on the Brexitcast along with Kuenssberg, Adam Fleming and Katya Adler and has worked as a broadcast journalist for almost 20 years. But he has joined Young in ruling out taking on Kuenssberg's role. Young's announcement that she would not be running for the role surprised other high-profile journalists. Young started at the BBC as a reporter with BBC Wales before joining One O'clock News as a political correspondent. Who could replace Laura Kuenssberg as the BBC's politics editor? Sopel resigned as the BBC's North America editor in October to "write a book". Profile: Sopel joined the BBC in 1983. In 2014 he was appointed North America Editor based in Washington. He held the role for seven years before stepping down in October. Controversial Amol Rajan has recently come under fire after historic anti-royal family tweets came to light. Rajan spent several years at the Independent, working in various reporting and editorial roles. Rajan's role as freelance editor for The Independent ended after he was appointed BBC's first media editor in November 2016. Earlier this year he was named the BBC's fifth Today programme. Salary: Not published by the BBC, suggesting it is under £150,000. Goodall began his career as a producer and reporter at the BBC in 2012 and worked there until 2016, when he joined Sky News as a political correspondent. In January 2020 he returned to the BBC to join Newsnight as politics editor. : Not published by the BBC, suggesting it costs less than £150,000. Landale began his career as a reporter at The Times, where he later became assistant foreign editor. He later joined the BBC in 2003 and worked as chief political correspondent before becoming deputy political editor under Nick Robinson in 2009. He presented programs such as The Andrew Marr Show, Daily Politics and The World This Weekend. Ahmed was a former business correspondent for The Observer newspaper before becoming business correspondent for Channel 4 News in May 2004. He then became business editor at Channel 4 before becoming Sky's political editor in 2014. In November 2018 it was announced this would replace Kamal Ahmed as BBC News' business editor. Salary: Not published by the BBC, suggesting it is under £150,000. Alex Forsyth joined the BBC in 2010 as a political reporter. She later worked as a domestic affairs and Middle East correspondent before becoming a political staffer at Newsnight. Two months later, she became political correspondent for BBC News and has held that position since 2014. In 2015 she was promoted to the role of chief political correspondent for BBC News. Since 2020 she has been the deputy political editor of the Beeb. Her elimination from the race leaves the former North America editor as the favorite on November 4th, followed by Amol Rajan on May 1st. "It's a cruel hard life in terms of the hours and what's expected of you, plus the expectation that you're Public Enemy No and awkward terms - that's very difficult to cope with," Marr told the Times. Sarah Sands, the former editor of Today, told the Times: "It's the most important job at the BBC and the most exposed. I understand very well that those who recently switched over as presenters and who probably have young families would run miles away.' Some believe Jon Sopel, 62, the former North American editor and former BBC political correspondent, could be in the running - but it remains a mystery who will take over. A BBC journalist told the newspaper: "When you go to the BBC for an interview, you always ask: 'Who has it?' In this case I think it's Sopel.' Marr said: "Now Jon Sopel has to lose - both because he's been doing a very big job in Washington lately and because he has years of experience in Westminster. The news comes at a difficult time for the BBC, as Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries signaled today that the license fee will be abolished after 2027. Ms Dorries said she wants to introduce a new funding model for the station when the current license fee is up, contract expires in five years and her allies have warned that "the days of state television are over" as tensions between the government and the BBC continue to mount. Ms Dorries tweeted: "This license fee announcement will be the last." Now it's on the time to find new ways to fund, support and sell great British content d debate and debate." Tense negotiations between the government and the BBC over the cost of the annual fee until the end of 2027 have concluded, with Ms Dorries deciding to keep the license at £159 for the next two years. Officials calculate the company - due to inflation currently at 5.1 per cent - will need to make savings of more than £2billion over the next six years. But Ms Dorries is also considering index-linking future fee increases between 2024 and the end of the current Royal Charter on 31 December 2027 - meaning the savings the BBC needs to make could be even greater. Kuenssberg's future role at the company has yet to be announced, but the BBC said she will be taking part in a range of news and current affairs projects on TV, radio and online and that more details will be announced in the new year. It was previously suggested that Kuenssberg, who earned £250,000, could become a presenter on Radio 4's flagship program Today as part of a major reshuffle of senior on-air staff. However, she was also being considered as a potential replacement for Andrew Marr on his Sunday morning politics show. Marr yesterday presented the final episode of his long-running political Sunday show and left the BBC after 21 years to present radio shows on LBC and Classic FM for rival broadcaster Global. With a salary of more than £250,000 as a political editor, Kuenssberg also found new audiences by appearing on the Brexitcast podcast during the UK's Brexit negotiations with the EU. Last year she faced criticism after appearing to defend Dominic Cummings after reports he broke lockdown rules. Within 30 minutes of the story breaking, Kuenssberg had shared a rebuttal from an unnamed source, claiming that the then-Prime Minister's senior adviser's 260-mile journey from London to his parents' home in Durham was "within [the] guidelines." " may be. In response to the Daily Mirror journalist who broke the story, Kuenssberg tweeted: "Source says his trip was within guidelines as Cummings went to his parents' house so they could help with childcare while he and his wife were ill were - they insist they were not violated 'lockdown'. Miss Kuenssberg was revealed to be Mr Cummings' only regular contact due to the channel's "special position" in the country. During his bombproof session before MPs earlier this year, the former Downing Street aide said the political editor was the "main" journalist he would speak to - but stressed they would only speak once every "three or four weeks", to "give guidance". great stories". Mr Cummings then made a series of damning claims about the Prime Minister's handling of the Covid pandemic in a sit-down interview with Miss Kuenssberg - including that Boris Johnson reportedly considered the virus a "horror story" just a month before the first lockdown. During the 2019 general election, Kuenssberg, along with ITV political editor Robert Peston, tweeted the false claim that an aide to disgraced ex-minister Matt Hancock was beaten by a Labor activist. Kuenssberg also drew controversy earlier this year after a complaint was filed against her for her use of the phrase 'little things' while discussing Downing Street deals on the Brexitcast. Anti-racism campaigners claim the term originated in the slave trade and was reportedly banned by Sky Sports last year over concerns. However, the program managers rejected the lawsuit against Künssberg. Before becoming the BBC's politics editor, Kuenssberg was the company's chief political correspondent. She has also previously held senior positions at ITV News and BBC Two's Newsnight. In 2016, Kuenssberg was awarded Broadcaster of the Year by the Political Studies Association in recognition of her work on the Brexit referendum and subsequent stories.

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