Chris Mason rules himself out of being Laura Kuenssberg's successor

Who WILL be the BBC’s next political editor? Chris Mason becomes the second leading candidate in days to rule themselves out of being Laura Kuenssberg’s successor

  • [Radio 4’s Any Questions presenter Chris Mason has ruled himself out of race
  • Earlier this week Kuenssberg’s deputy Vicki Young, 50, said she would not be putting her hat in ring for BBC political editor job
  • 昆斯贝格, 45, is stepping down from the role at BBC after seven years
  • Radio 4’s Any Questions presenter Chris Mason has become the second leading candidate in days to pull themselves out of the race to replace Laura Kuenssberg as 英国广播公司 political editor.

    石匠, 41, has joined Kuenssberg’s deputy Vicki Young, 50, who was the favourite for the role, in saying publicly that he did not want to be in the running for the job.

    昆斯贝格, 45, is stepping down after seven years, having taken over from Nick Robinson in 2015 as first woman to hold the roleseen as one of the most prestigious in British journalism.

    石匠, a BBC political correspondent, decided to rule himself out of being Kuenssberg’s successor because he wants to focus on presenting Any Questions on Radio 4 – a role he would have to quit if he were to become political editorand on writing a book, 报告 时代.

    本周早些时候, Young announced she would not be putting her hat in the ring to replace Kuenssberg for ‘personal reasons’.

    It is understood that her husband, former journalist and PR professional Rae Stewart, is being treated for cancer.

    ‘Been getting lots of nice messages about #BBC Political Editor job so wanted to let you all know that for personal reasons I won’t be applying,’ 她发了推文. ‘But look forward to supporting whoever gets this incredible role.

    Radio 4's Any Questions presenter Chris Mason has become the second leading candidate in days to pull themselves out of the race to replace Laura Kuenssberg as BBC political editor

    Radio 4’s Any Questions presenter Chris Mason has become the second leading candidate in days to pull themselves out of the race to replace Laura Kuenssberg as BBC political editor

    Young started at the BBC as a reporter at BBC Wales before joining the One O'clock News as a political correspondent. She was a correspondent for BBC Breakfast from 2008 至 2011

    Young's husband, Rae Stewart

    Young started at the BBC as a reporter at BBC Wales before joining the One O’clock News as a political correspondent. She was a correspondent for BBC Breakfast from 2008 至 2011. Pictured on the right is her husband, Rae Stewart

    Young had been the favourite to replace her boss, but today announced she would not be putting her hat in the ring

    Young had been the favourite to replace her boss, but today announced she would not be putting her hat in the ring

    昆斯贝格, 45, is stepping down after seven years, having taken over from Nick Robinson in 2015 as first woman to hold the role

    昆斯贝格, 45, is stepping down after seven years, having taken over from Nick Robinson in 2015 as first woman to hold the role

    石匠, 来自约克郡, joined Kuenssberg, Adam Fleming and Katya Adler on the Brexitcast to cover Brexit, and has spent nearly 20 years as a broadcast journalist. But he has joined Young in ruling out taking over Kuenssberg’s role.

    Young’s announcement that she would not run for the role prompted surprise from other senior journalists.

    Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy said it was a ‘shame’, telling Young: ‘Have been saying how good you’d be.

    Young started at the BBC as a reporter at BBC Wales before joining the One O’clock News as a political correspondent. She was a correspondent for BBC Breakfast from 2008 至 2011.

    石匠, 来自约克郡, joined Kuenssberg, Adam Fleming and Katya Adler on the Brexitcast to cover Brexit, and has spent nearly 20 years as a broadcast journalist. But he has joined Young in ruling out taking over Kuenssberg's role

    石匠, 来自约克郡, joined Kuenssberg, Adam Fleming and Katya Adler on the Brexitcast to cover Brexit, and has spent nearly 20 years as a broadcast journalist. But he has joined Young in ruling out taking over Kuenssberg’s role

    Who could replace Laura Kuenssberg as BBC Political Editor?

    乔恩·索佩尔

    Odds: 11/4

    Current job: 不适用. Sopel stepped down as the BBC’s North America editor in October to ‘write a book’.

    Salary: £235,000£239,999.

    Profile: Sopel joined the BBC in 1983. He has since BBC News, BBC World News and its Politics Show.

    在 2014, he was appointed North America editor, based in Washington. He held the role for seven years before stepping down in October.

    Amol Rajan

    Odds: 5/1

    Job: BBC Media Editor

    Salary: £205,000-£209,999

    Profile

    Controversial Amol Rajan has come under-fire recently after historic anti-royal family tweets came to light.

    然而, he is still considered one of the BBC’s biggest stars and has been tipped to replace Kuennsberg.

    Rajan spent several years at the Independent, working in various reporter and editing roles.

    在 2013, he became the first non-white editor of a national newspaper at the Independent.

    Rajan’s role as editor-at-large for The Independent website ended after he was appointed the BBC’s first Media Editor in November 2016.

    今年早些时候, he was named the BBC’s fifth Today programme presented.

    Lewis Goodall

    Odds: 6/1

    Job: BBC Newsnight Policy editor

    Salary: Not published by the BBC, suggesting it is under £150,000

    Profile:

    Goodall began his career as a producer and reporter at the BBC in 2012, working there until 2016 when he left to join Sky News as a political correspondent.

    在一月 2020, he returned to the BBC to join Newsnight as its policy editor.

    Goodall also occasionally writes for the New Statesman as a guest.

    James Landale

    Odds: 8/1

    Job: BBC Diplomatic Correspondent

    Salary: Not published by the BBC, suggesting it is under £150,000

    Profile:

    Landale began his career as a reporter with The Times, where he later became Assistant Foreign Editor.

    He later joined the BBC in 2003 and worked as the chief political correspondent until 2009 when he became Deputy Political Editor under Nick Robinson.

    He presented programmes such as The Andrew Marr Show, Daily Politics and The World This Weekend.

    Faisal Islam

    Odds: 12/1

    Job: BBC News Economics Editor

    Salary: £155,000-£159,999

    Profile:

    Ahmed was formerly an economics correspondent for The Observer newspaper before becoming business correspondent for Channel 4 News in May 2004.

    He went on to become economic editor at Channel 4, before becoming Sky’s political editor in 2014.

    十一月 2018, it was announced that he would replace Kamal Ahmed as BBC News’s economics editor.

    Alex Forsyth

    Odds: 12/1

    Job: BBC Political Correspondent

    Salary: Not published by the BBC, suggesting it is under £150,000

    Profile:

    Alex Forsyth started as a political reporter at the BBC in 2010.

    She later served as a Home Affairs Correspondent and Middle East Correspondent before becoming a Political at Newsnight.

    当他为《威尼斯之死》试镜时, she became a Political Correspondent for BBC News and has been in that position since 2014.

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    在 2015, she was promoted to the role of BBC Newschief political correspondent. 自从 2020, she has been the Beeb’s deputy political editor.

    Her exit from the race leaves former North America editor as favourite on 11/4 followed by Amol Rajan on 5/1.

    Newsnight policy editor is on 6/1 and economics editor Faisal Islam on 12/1.

    ‘It is a ferociously hard life in terms of the hours and what is expected of you, and to pile on top of that the expectation that you are going to be public enemy No 1 for all the Twitter keyboard warriors in the most vituperative, personal and unpleasant terms — that’s a very hard thing to cope with,’ Marr told the Times. ‘You need a skin like a rhino and a powerful constitution to keep going.

    Sarah Sands, the former editor of Today, 告诉纽约时报: ‘It is the most important job at the BBC and the most exposed. You are also never off duty. Laura would be on the phone to me after 11pm and back on the Today programme first thingI quite understand how those who have recently crossed to be presenters and who probably have young families would run a mile from it.

    Some believe Jon Sopel, 62, the former North American editor and former BBC political correspondent could be in the runningbut it remains a mystery who will take over.

    A BBC journalist told the newspaper: ‘When you go for a job interview at the BBC, you always ask, ‘Who’s already got it?’ 在这种情况下, I believe that is Sopel.

    Marr said: ‘It is now Jon Sopel’s to lose — both because he has done a very big job in Washington recently and because he has long-term experience in Westminster. If they are going for a safe, reliable pair of hands, he is the obvious person to go for.

    The news comes at a difficult time for the BBC, with Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries today signalling that the licence fee will be scrapped after 2027.

    Ms Dorries indicated that she wants to put in place a new funding model for the broadcaster when the current licence fee deal expires in five years’ 时间.

    The Cabinet minister has hit the Corporation with a two-year licence fee freeze and her allies have warned ‘the days of state-run television are over’, as tensions between the Government and the BBC continue to rise.

    Ms Dorries tweeted: ‘This licence fee announcement will be the last. The days of the elderly being threatened with prison sentences and bailiffs knocking on doors, are over.

    ‘Time now to discuss and debate new ways of funding, supporting and selling great British content.

    Ms Dorries was speaking as it emerged Boris Johnson was planning a policy blitz dubbed Operation Red Meat, targeting disaffected Tory voters – and MPs – with a series of populist moves including a crackdown on cross-Channel migrants aimed at deflecting attention away from Partygate.

    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 hold the licence at £159 for the next two years.

    Officials calculate that – due to inflation currently running at 5.1 per cent – the Corporation will have to find savings of more than £2billion over the next six years.

    然而, Ms Dorries is also considering pegging future fee increases below inflation between 2024 and the end of the current Royal Charter on December 31, 2027 – meaning the savings the BBC must make could end up being even higher.

    Kuenssberg’s future role at the corporation has yet to be revealed, but the BBC said she will take part in a range of news and current affairs projects across TV, radio and online and that more details will be announced in the new year.

    It was previously suggested said that Kuenssberg, who earned £250,000, could become a presenter on Radio 4’s flagship Today programme as part of a major reshuffle of senior on-air staff.

    然而, she has also been mooted as a potential replacement for Andrew Marr on his Sunday morning politics show.

    Marr presented the last episode of his long-running Sunday politics programme yesterday, leaving the BBC after 21 years to host radio shows on LBC and Classic FM, for rival broadcaster Global.

    Commanding a salary of more than £250,000 as political editor, Kuenssberg also found a new audience by appearing on the Brexitcast podcast throughout the UK’s Brexit negotiations with the EU.

    然而, she has faced accusations of bias from across the political spectrum.

    去年, she was criticised after appearing to defend Dominic Cummings following reports that he had flouted lockdown rules.

    内 30 故事破裂的几分钟, 昆斯伯格分享了一位不愿透露姓名的消息来源的反驳,声称当时的首相高级助手从伦敦到他父母的 260 英里旅行’ 达勒姆的家是“在 [的] 指导方针'.

    回应爆料的《每日镜报》记者, 昆斯伯格在推特上: “消息人士称,他的旅行符合指导方针,因为卡明斯和他的父母住在一起,这样他们就可以在他和他的妻子生病时帮助照顾孩子 – 他们坚持不违反封锁”.

    她的回答立即遭到工党支持者的齐声谴责, 有人指责她是“政府的代言人”’ 和一个“保守党的傀儡”.

    Miss Kuenssberg was revealed to be Mr Cummings’s only regular contact, 由于广播公司的“特殊地位’ 在国内.

    Kuenssberg's replacement has yet to be announced but Jon Sopel, who recently left the North America editor post, and economics editor Faisal Islam, have all been linked to the job

    Kuenssberg’s replacement has yet to be announced but Jon Sopel, who recently left the North America editor post, and economics editor Faisal Islam, have all been linked to the job

    During his bombshell evidence session to MPs earlier this year, 这位前唐宁街助手说,政治编辑是“主要’ 他会与之交谈的记者 – 但强调他们只会每“三四个星期谈一次”’ “为大故事提供指导”.

    BBC Political Editor full list of runners and riders

    乔恩·索佩尔 – 3/1

    Amol Rajan – 5/1

    Lewis Goodall – 6/1

    James Landale – 8/1

    Adam Fleming – 10/1

    Ben Brown – 10/1

    Alex Forsyth – 12/1

    Faisal Islam – 12/1

    Nick Eardley – 12/1

    Beth Rigby – 14/1

    Emily Maitlis – 14/1

    Nick Watt – 16/1

    Sarah Smith – 16/1

    Sam Coates – 20/1

    克里斯·梅森 – 25/1

    Jon Craig – 25/1

    Robert Peston – 25/1

    Sophy Ridge – 25/1

    Odds: 带越野停车场的床房和我住的车库。

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    Mr Cummings then made a series of scathing claims about the Prime Minister’s handling of the Covid pandemic – 包括据称鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)将病毒视为“恐怖故事”’ 就在第一次封锁前一个月 – in a sit-down interview with Miss Kuenssberg.

    在此期间 2019 全民选举, 昆斯贝格, 与 ITV 的政治编辑罗伯特佩斯顿一起, 在推特上发布了一个虚假的说法,即名誉扫地的前部长马特汉考克的助手被工党激进分子拳打脚踢.

    视频证据很快驳斥了这一说法, 迫使他们退缩并为误导性信息道歉.

    在工党会议上 2017, 在她因报道杰里米·科尔宾而受到虐待后,她必须受到保安人员的保护. 批评者声称她不是中立的,并且不公平地对待这位前工党领袖.

    今年早些时候,Kuenssberg 也引起了争议,此前她曾因使用“nitty gritty”一词而遭到投诉。’ 在Brexitcast上讨论唐宁街业务时.

    反种族主义活动人士声称这个词起源于奴隶贸易, 据报道,由于担心,去年被天空体育禁止.

    然而, 节目老板驳回了对昆斯伯格的投诉.

    Prior to becoming the BBC’s politics editor, Kuenssberg served as the corporation’s chief political correspondent. She also previously held senior roles at ITV News and BBC Two’s Newsnight.

    在 2016, Kuenssberg was awarded Broadcaster of the Year by the Political Studies Association, recognising her work covering the Brexit Referendum and subsequent follow-up stories.

    She was also honoured as the Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards the same year.