Chris Mason appointed BBC News Political Editor

Posted by Johnnie Larkin on Wednesday 13 April 2022
Chris Mason BBC News Reporter

The BBC today announced Chris Mason has been appointed as its new Political Editor.

Chris will take up his post in May once Laura Kuenssberg stands down after the local elections.

“What a tremendous privilege to take on what, for me, is the most extraordinary job in British broadcasting and journalism,” Chris said.

“I clamber upon the shoulders of giants like Laura, Nick and Andrew 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.”

He has been Political Correspondent for BBC News for over 10 years, reporting from Westminster across TV, radio and online.

During that time he’s reported on everything from Brexit to the Coronavirus pandemic, taking in three General Elections along the way.

Chris has presented BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? since 2019, and will continue in this role until the summer.

Jonathan Munro, Interim Director of BBC News, said: “Chris has been an exceptional correspondent in an extraordinary time for 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.

Chris started his career as an ITN trainee and has been a daily broadcast news reporter for nearly 20 years. He spent time as BBC Radio 5 Live’s political reporter, and co-presented the network’s Question Time Extra Time.

He also spent two years in Brussels as Europe Correspondent.