Jon Snow to step down as Channel 4 News presenter

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Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow has announced he is to step down from his role at the end of 2021.

Jon’s career at ITN has spanned 45 years. He will leave the programme as the longest-serving presenter in the show’s history but will continue to work with Channel 4 in 2022.

He will front longer form projects for Channel 4 and represent the Channel in other matters.

“After three incredible decades on Channel 4 News, it is time to move on,” said Jon.

“I am excited by the many things I want to accomplish but I have to say I have enjoyed every minute of my time with the programme.

“It has brought me adventure, as well as sorrow in some of the stories that I have had to report and also joy in reporting others, but above all, it has brought me community in working with the most fantastic group of people who are bound in intellect, humour and understanding.

“Together, we have forged a wonderful service. I feel proud to have contributed to Channel 4 News let alone to have anchored the programme for the last 32 years. I’m looking forward to new adventures and new challenges.”

Jon started at ITN in 1976 and served as Washington correspondent (1983–1986) and as diplomatic editor (1986–1989) before becoming the main presenter of Channel 4 News in 1989.

Channel 4 News, editor, Ben de Pear, said: “Jon has been the driving force behind Channel 4 News for the last 30 years.

“His fearless journalism, inherent compassion, a nose for a good story as well as sympathy for the underdog have been powered by relentless energy, charm and a mischievous sense of fun.

“It has been a great honour to be his editor and friend, and I know that everyone at Channel 4 News and ITN feels that he is far more than a colleague.”

Posted on Thursday 29 April 2021

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