Presenter in channel tug-of-war
BBC’s Peston poised for switch to ITV
Robert Peston, Economics Editor at the BBC, is poised to leave the corporation after being offered his own Sunday morning politics show on ITV.
Peston is expected to go head to head with Andrew Marr after ITV finally enticed him with the extra show in addition to being the channel’s political editor.
The former Business Editor, whose lack of enunciation divides opinion among viewers, has been the subject of a will-he-won’t-he discussion in media circles for some days.
It is understood that the BBC made a final attempt to retain his services by offering him a job on Newsnight alongside main anchor Evan Davis.
At ITV Peston will replace Tom Bradby who is to become the lead presenter of News at Ten.
Speculation about his move was initially treated as little more than a joke and was made the subject of a stunt on the Radio Four PM programme presented by the former BBC Scotland journalist Eddie Mair.
Jonathan Dimbleby, presenter of Any Questions, described it as the “most serious crisis facing the BBC” and offered Peston Any Questions. Huw Edwards, Nicholas Parsons and Eddie Mair joined in with the spoof slot.
Parsons quipped that Peston’s ability to talk with “clarity and smoothness” made him the perfect candidate for a slot on his show Just A Minute, while Mair – who has clashed horns with Peston before – joked he would give the presenter his kidney.