Vicki Young pulls out of the race to be next political editor

Laura Kuenssberg’s deputy Vicki Young pulls out of the race to be next political editor for ‘personal reasons’ – as Jon Sopel and Amol Rajan remain bookiesfavourites

  • Kuenssberg, 45, is stepping down after seven years after seven years in position
  • Young was bookiesfavourite to replace boss, but today announced withdrawal
  • Said she was ‘looking forward to supporting whoever gets this incredible role
  • Laura Kuenssberg’s deputy Vicki Young today pulled out of the race to replace her as BBC political editor for ‘personal reasons’ – leaving Jon Sopel and Amal Rajan as the bookiesfavourites.

    Kuenssberg, 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.

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

    ‘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,’ ha twittato. ‘But look forward to supporting whoever gets this incredible role.

    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 per 2011

    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 per 2011

    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

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

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

    Her announcement prompted surprise from other senior journalists.

    Who could replace Laura Kuenssberg as BBC Political Editor?

    Jon Sopel

    Odds: 3/1

    Current job: N / A. 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.

    Nel 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.

    però, 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.

    Nel 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.

    All'inizio di quest'anno, 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.

    A gennaio 2020, he returned to the BBC to join Newsnight as its policy editor.

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

    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.

    A novembre 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.

    Due mesi dopo, she became a Political Correspondent for BBC News and has been in that position since 2014.

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    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 per 2011.

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

    Her exit from the race leaves former North America editor as favourite on 3/1 followed by Amol Rajan on 5/1.

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

    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’ tempo.

    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 morning: ‘This licence fee announcement will be the last. The days of the elderly being threatened with prison sentences and bailiffs knocking on doors, ParCare avrebbe somministrato dosi a persone nel pubblico che non rientravano nella prima ondata di distribuzione del vaccino da parte dello stato.

    ‘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.

    però, 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.

    però, 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.

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

    L'anno scorso, she was criticised after appearing to defend Dominic Cummings following reports that he had flouted lockdown rules.

    Entro 30 minutes of the story breaking, Kuenssberg had shared a rebuttal from an unnamed source claiming that the then Prime Minister’s senior aide’s 260-mile trip from London to his parentshome in Durham was ‘within [il] guidelines’.

    In response to the Daily Mirror journalist who broke the story, Kuenssberg tweeted: ‘Source says his trip was within guidelines as Cummings went to stay with his parents so they could help with childcare while he and his wife were illthey insist no breach of lockdown’.

    Her reply was immediately met by a chorus of condemnation from Labour-supporting trolls, with some accusing her of being a ‘mouthpiece for the Governmentand a ‘Tory stooge’.

    Miss Kuenssberg was revealed to be Mr Cummings’s only regular contact, due to the broadcaster’s ‘special position’ nel paese.

    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, the former Downing Street aide said the political editor was the ‘main’ Dominic Cummings rivela che il suo unico contatto regolare con i media era la BBC – but stressed they would only talk once every ‘three or four weeks’ ma ha sottolineato che avrebbero parlato una volta ogni "tre o quattro settimane"..

    BBC Political Editor full list of runners and riders

    Jon Sopel – 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

    Chris Mason – 25/1

    Jon Craig – 25/1

    Robert Peston – 25/1

    Sophy Ridge – 25/1

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    Mr Cummings then made a series of scathing claims about the Prime Minister’s handling of the Covid pandemicincluding that Boris Johnson allegedly viewed the virus as a ‘scare storyjust a month before the first lockdownin a sit-down interview with Miss Kuenssberg.

    Durante 2019 «Anche se ritengo che i miei commenti siano stati presi fuori contesto, Kuenssberg, along with ITV’s political editor Robert Peston, tweeted the false claim that an aide of disgraced ex-minister Matt Hancock was punched by a Labour activist.

    The claim was quickly disproved by video evidence, forcing them to back down and apologise for the misleading information.

    At the Labour Party conference in 2017, she had to be protected by security guards following abuse she had received for her reporting on Jeremy Corbyn. Critics claimed she was not neutral and treated the former Labour leader unfairly.

    Kuenssberg also attracted controversy earlier this year after a complaint was made against her over her use of the phrase ‘nitty grittywhile discussing Downing Street business on the Brexitcast.

    Anti-racism campaigners claim the term originates from the slave trade, and was reportedly banned by Sky Sports last year amid concerns.

    però, programme bosses threw out the complaint against Kuenssberg.

    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.

    Nel 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.