Chris Mason has been named as the BBC’s new political editor, replacing Laura Kuenssberg in one of the corporation’s top jobs and one of British journalism’s most influential roles.
The 41-year-old has been at the Beeb for twenty years, including a decade on TV screens.
According to The Guardian, Mason only applied for the job a week ago when BBC heads axed their original recruitment plans and re-advertised the position.
Mason hailed his new role as “the most extraordinary job in British broadcasting and journalism”.
He added: “I clamber upon the shoulders of giants like Laura [Kunessberg], Nick [Robinson] and Andrew [Marr] with a smattering of trepidation and a shedload of excitement and enthusiasm. To lead the best team of journalists in the business on the best news patch of the lot is something I’d never even dared dream of. I can’t wait to get started.”
Chris has also presented BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? since 2019, and will continue in this role until the summer.
Jonathan Munro, the interim director of BBC News, said: “Chris has been an exceptional correspondent at an extraordinary time in British politics. His calm, incisive analysis and signature candid style have been invaluable for audiences when navigating complex stories. His ambition and vision for the political editor role is really exciting and I wish him every success in the new post.”