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BBC’s Wark announces Newsnight departure after 30-year run

October 24, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The following excerpt was sent out from the BBC:

Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Wark, the longest-serving presenter of BBC Two’s Newsnight, is to step down from the programme.

Wark made the announcement on Thursday, exactly 30 years after she first hosted the nightly news show. She will leave after the next general election, which is expected next year. “When the time comes it will be a massive wrench,” she said.

The news comes amid reports that the show could have its budget slashed and its format overhauled. The programme’s editor Stewart Maclean also announced his departure last week.

Wark planned her exit before the recent speculation about the show’s future, according to her statement.

“Last year I spoke to both to the Director General Tim Davie and to Stewart and signalled my desire to end my three-decade run on the show after the next election, and that’s the plan,” she said.

“When the time comes it will be a massive wrench. However, I’ll be leaving Newsnight but not the BBC.

“I’ll still be presenting The Reunion and Start the Week on Radio 4, TV documentaries too as well as finishing, finally, my third novel. There are exciting times ahead.”

She added it had been “an enormous privilege to be involved in such a rigorous, creative programme with a wonderful, talented, bunch of colleagues – actually many bunches over the years”.

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