Chris Mason has been announced as the new political editor of BBC News.
The 41-year-old will take over from Laura Kuenssberg next month after more than a decade as a political correspondent at the station.
During that time he has reported on TV, radio and online from Westminster and the BBC Radio 4 program Any Questions? since 2019.
He said: “What a tremendous privilege to be taking on what I consider to be the most extraordinary job in British broadcasting and journalism.
“I climb onto the shoulders of giants like Laura, Nick (Robinson) and Andrew (Marr) with a touch of trepidation and a lot of excitement and enthusiasm.
“Leading the best team of journalists in the business on the best news patch ever was something I never dreamed of. I can’t wait to get started.”
Kuenssberg was announced last month as the new permanent presenter of the BBC’s Sunday morning politics show, replacing Marr.
Her final assignment as political editor will include the local elections in May.
According to the company’s latest annual report, she earned between £260,000 and £264,999 for the role.
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Jonathan Munro, interim director of BBC News, said: “Chris was an extraordinary correspondent at an extraordinary time for British politics.
“His calm, concise analysis and signature candid style were invaluable to audiences when it came to navigating complex stories.
“His ambition and vision for the role of political editor is really exciting and I wish him every success in his new role.”
Originally from Yorkshire, Mason began his career as an ITN trainee before spending time as a political reporter on BBC Radio 5 Live.
He co-hosted the network’s Question Time Extra Time and also spent two years as Europe correspondent in Brussels.
In recent years he has co-hosted the political talk show Brexitcast and still appears regularly on the Newscast.
It was previously reported that Sophy Ridge, who hosts Sky News Sunday morning politics, and ITV News Deputy Political Editor Anushka Asthana were the front-runners for the role and that Mason had initially ruled himself out.
However, reports last week suggested Mason and Adam Fleming, Newscast co-host and longtime friend, would be competing for the role.
After the news was announced, Fleming tweeted: “Happy birthday to my journalist twin brother @ChrisMasonBBC. I’m so proud of you.”
Künssberg also congratulated Mason.
She tweeted: “Congratulations and welcome to the best day job in the business, coworker, great friend and of course #newscaster @ChrisMasonBBC.”
What a great choice. Congratulations @ChrisMasonBBC and welcome to the role of Pol Ed – the best and busiest beat in the business. I look forward to seeing a lot more from you Chris! https://t.co/XkAHAcZixC
— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) April 13, 2022
Beth Rigby, political editor at Sky News, added: “What a great choice. Congratulations @ChrisMasonBBC and welcome to the role of Pol Ed – the best and busiest beat in the business.
“Looking forward to seeing a lot more from you Chris!”
Paul Brand, UK editor at ITV News, also congratulated Mason on his new role.
He tweeted: “Congratulations to one of the best in British broadcasting – Chris will be an absolute asset to the BBC in this role.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/chris-mason-to-replace-laura-kuenssberg-as-bbc-news-political-editor-41550422.html Chris Mason replaces Laura Kuenssberg as political editor of BBC News