BBC shake-up

Kuenssberg ‘in talks’ to step down from BBC post

Subject of speculation: Laura Kuenssberg (pic: Terry Murden)

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg is in talks to leave her post as part of a major reshuffle of senior on-air staff, according to sources in Westminster.

Jon Sopel is also stepping down as North America editor and returning to the UK, possibly as Ms Kuenssberg’s successor. BBC Scotland editor Sarah Smith is being tipped to move to Washington.

A replacement for Ms Smith at Pacific Quay in Glasgow would require sensitive handling in view of regular criticism of the corporation from the SNP government.

Ms Kuenssberg, 45, succeeded Nick Robinson six years ago and it is likely she will find herself sharing presenting duties with him in the Radio Four Today programme studio, according to reports.

The daughter of Scottish businessman Nick, she has endured a febrile period in British politics with journalists, particularly BBC journalists, caught in the crossfire over Brexit and the handling of the Covid pandemic.

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