Laura Kuenssberg to join BBC Newsnight

I'm truly delighted to be joining a reinvigorated Newsnight, both to present and report at such an exciting time. It's been a long-held ambition of mine to work full time on the programme and I can't wait to get started."Laura Kuenssberg
Date: 12.11.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.11
Category: BBC Two; News
Laura Kuenssberg, currently Business Editor of ITV News, will be joining BBC Newsnight as Chief Correspondent and will regularly present the programme.

With a background in both politics and business she will cover stories across a wide range of areas, leading the programme’s coverage of major running stories.

Kuenssberg is the latest in a series of appointments made by Newsnight Editor Ian Katz as part of the transformation of the BBC Two flagship news and current affairs programme.

Katz said: “I’m thrilled that Laura will be joining Newsnight. She’s widely admired as one of the most authoritative and accessible broadcasters in the country and has a brilliant nose for a story, as well as a wealth of experience across a range of different areas. She’ll add real firepower to Newsnight’s reporting team as well as a fresh and compelling voice to the show’s presenter line-up.”

Laura Kuenssberg said: "Working with the team at ITV News to cover the intense challenges faced by business, families and the wider economy has been a real privilege and I've really enjoyed the last couple of years.

"But I'm truly delighted to be joining a reinvigorated Newsnight, both to present and report at such an exciting time. It's been a long-held ambition of mine to work full time on the programme and I can’t wait to get started."

Kuenssberg joins Newsnight from ITV, where she has been Business Editor since September 2011. Prior to that she was the BBC News Channel’s Chief Political Correspondent.  She joined the BBC in 2000, starting out on the BBC's North-East and Cumbria programmes and winning a Royal Television Society award for her work as home affairs correspondent. She joined the Daily Politics as a reporter in 2003. During her time at the BBC, Kuenssberg also reported for Newsnight, the Today programme, and BBC Breakfast.

She will take up her new role in mid-February 2014.

Notes to Editors

Kuenssberg’s appointment follows two new appointments announced by Newsnight yesterday.

Chris Cook, currently executive comment editor of the Financial Times, joins the programme as Policy Editor. David Grossman, currently the show's political correspondent, becomes Technology Editor. 

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