June 22nd, 2011

Laura Kuenssberg Quits BBC for ITV Business Gig

An interesting move given she was tipped for the top Beeb job, though it doesn’t rule it out – Nick Robinson was poached back from ITV.  

Looks like it will be ITVLauraK on Twitter…

UPDATE: Seems it came as shock to ITV’s Political Correspondent:

UPDATE II: Laura will start as the newly created Business Editor in September.


125 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Bloody lefties getting everywhere!

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      Late to the party says:

      Do what Billy?

      Laura leaving means we’re stuck with Nick Robinson, the Dave Cameron of political reporters.

      Andrew Marr might be a hypocrite but he’s the real deal and Nick Robinson isn’t fit to lick his shoes clean.

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  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Proberly down to coalition cuts no doubt!

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    • 12
      Anonymous says:

      The way she gurns her mouth when speaking isn’t attractive, though.

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      • 67
        Anonymous says:

        No but just imagine the blow job.

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        • 75
          • Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

            +1

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          • Boudicca says:

            Shame. She’s the archetypal biased BBC hack who doesn’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.
            I abandoned BBC news for ITV a few years ago. I find their news and analysis far more balanced and reliable. Why would ITV be interested in her when they already have a decent stable journalists?

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          • Late to the party says:

            The only TV news team worth watching these days for on the ball reporting and complete impartiality are the Channel 4 news team.

            Never mind their partiality or not, BBC news has gone from respected organisation to a bit of a joke.

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        • 114
          Pickled Wizard says:

          Refer to anonymous above!

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    • 21
      left windgers go away says:

      she was crap anyway – better that she is out, pity they couldn’t get rid of nick robinson and jug ears

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      • 25
        Hang The Bastards says:

        Maybe she will stop being a Biased Labour Cow !

        (I’d smash her back doors in any day ! I would destroy her.)

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      • 100
        Terrible But True says:

        One is sure ITV viewers will benefit greatly from her twitter insights:

        Flowin’ lock’d {business leader she likes] strides manfully into a room.

        Gurning [business leader she doesn't like] skulks out of another door.

        It’s how you get the big bucks.

        Being blonde helps too, one supposes.

        I’d have put that on Nick R’s blog, but a) it’s pre-modded and b) now seems to be on a 9 to 5 work to rule that, as a licence fee extortee, strikes me as pretty, if not illegally exclusive.

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    • 57
      Anonymous says:

      Never mind the cuts, Dave still has enough money to host a gay, lesbian and transgender party at No 10 tonight. And not before time as well – every time I’m in a pub I can’t hear myself think for punters wishing the govt were spending more time on transgender issues.

      FFS, when he said he was t he heir to Blair by fuck he wasn’t kidding.

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      • 76
        Archer Karcher says:

        Does Dave even know what a pub is?
        Of course this is a tremendously important issue for Dave to embrace and show how terribly politically correct he is in the war for transgender acceptance.

        Matters such as Irish Bank default on their bailout repayments yesterday, are trivia by comparison.

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        • 118
          Anonymous says:

          Maybe it’s Dave’s first step in ‘rehabilitating’ the mega crook Laws.

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        • 119
          The ghost of Kenny Everett says:

          I think Dave probably thinks a pub is a place where oiks gather to make trouble.

          No doubt he’ll soon be going to a pub with Sam, threatening to bottle Gove to seem to be ‘one of us’.

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      • 77
        the only way is anal says:

        dave will be in his element.

        if any of his guests have got a cock and a pair of balls going spare, can they try to fix them to dave

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      • 85
        the only way is anal says:

        hope that someone gets hold of the guest list for this important initiative.

        you can guarantee that gove and his “missus” will be there: between them they tick all the boxes.

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    • 104
      Gordon Brownus says:

      I wouldn’t

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  3. 3
    Smokin' Butt says:

    *Sobs*

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  4. 4
    robbie says:

    great – a new vacancy. Won’t be the last we’ll see of Laura K I reckon at the Beeb though….Nick R you’re coat’s on a shoogly nail.

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  5. 5
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    What was the name of the totty that used to present dailypolitics then left togo BOE?

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  6. 6
    Eeu to me says:

    Never liked her, going to ITV will make sure we see even less of her.

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    • 10
      Tax Payer says:

      Yes, extremely lightweight.

      They only kept her to make Nick look good.

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    • 41
      Maximus says:

      One down, a brothel-full more to go.

      Socialist t’WatO hit new lows today with the whining Kearney woman. Not only were they up to their usual of reporting PMQ by presenting what the Millitwit had to say first on any of the matters, as if he were the PM, they descending to the cheap trick of pulling down the faders for Dave the Courageous by a goodish 6dB to make him sounds even more feeble. Didn’t help Wed Ted any IMO tho, as he thtill thounded rather thtupid if you athk me.

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      • 89
        the only way is anal says:

        30 minutes of two useless cun*ts showing their true colours.

        no technology is needed to make dave sound feeble: it’s what he does best – largely because he is feeble

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    • 83
      Sir William Waad says:

      “Kuenssberg” – from the German “Berg”, meaning a mountain of, and “Kuenss” meaning BBC commentators.

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  7. 7
    the last quango in paris says:

    well lets see if shes so keen on labour there.

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  8. 8
    Harry Basset says:

    One less horrible grating accent on TV.

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  9. 9
    M'Learned Friend's Friend says:

    Bugger. I’m still not going to watch ITV even with the possibility of seeing Laura K again.

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  10. 11
    les says:

    Thank God for that – can’t stand her – something to do with the face!

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  11. 13
    Anon says:

    That’s going to mess-up someone’s moniker.

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  13. 15
    Sir William Waad says:

    I see that the oldest person in the world has recently died. R.I.P. Readers might be interested to know that, while I am far from being the oldest person in the world, I was at one time the youngest.

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  14. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Zzzzzz

    Parasitical propagandists rearrange seating plan

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  15. 18
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Clearly the BBC were not paying her enough

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  16. 22
    Mike Gatting says:

    I would like to see more of Nazaneen Ghaffar on BBC (Sky weather girl at present)….now that’s what I call totty.

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    • 32
      Mornington Crescent says:

      She’s only just left the Beeb: used to do the weather on their South East news. Shaggable, yes, but seriously lacking in brains.

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    • 105
      East Midlander says:

      No Thanks, there are too many of them already taking up British peoples jobs, if they want to appear on TV let them return to their country of origin and bring their experience to improve that TV

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  17. 23
    Spank Sinatra says:

    I genuinely can’t remember her saying anything remotely insightful. Same also applies to toenails of course. I did have some time for John Sergeant but as we all sadly have come to realise, the concept of impartiality has long been absent at the bbc. I don’t give a toss as regards the politics, I just want truth and objectivity whereby one can make an informed opinion from the facts.

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  18. 31
    BBC's Robert Preston says:

    Am I bovvaad?

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    • 109
      East Midlander says:

      Yes you should be bothered, when we finally get a PM with balls you and theMarxist fellow travellers will find yourself unemployed or working for the Guardian.( The tax dodging icon of Left wing hypocrisy )

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  19. 36
    jgm2 says:

    Probably just getting a big pay-rise before she starts a family and
    can then get a big fat maternity pay followed by the errrrrr ‘sudden realisation’ that she’d like to spend more time with her new child and, so, if it wouldn’t be too much trouble, a seven figure severence package.

    Just like Natasha Kaplinski.

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  20. 38
    Media village idiot says:

    The ol’ media carousel turns again.
    I hope she doesn’t bring too much beeboid learnt crap to ITV. It will be intresting to see if she shifts from the overt BBC left-wing bias to more balanced reporting. The shift the other way, was very noticeable with Nick Robinson. But I suppose, in that industry, job insecurity makes them all whores to whoever pays them. If ITV want more balance, she’ll have to do it.

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  21. 39
    Anonymous says:

    One less mewling fucking Scot incomprehensively clogging up the airwaves on our Telly Tax.

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  22. 40
    laurashagger says:

    Good riddance – couldn’t stand her, although agree wiht all those who’d love to give her one from behind

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  23. 42
    Steve Miliband says:

    Osborne v Balls is excellent.
    Osborne just told Gordon’s PPS that her job wasn’t very onerous

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  24. 43
    Anon E Mouse says:

    And so Kuenssberg joins that illustrious list of BBC exiles who have done so well in taking the commercial shilling whilst still have a high profile – Des Lynam, Steve Ryder, Bob Wilson, Jonathan Ross, ‘Adrian & Christine’, Natasha Kaplinsky, Ray Stubbs, Ian Payne

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  25. 44
    EC1 PhD says:

    Call me old fashioned but aren’t business editors supposed to know something about business?

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  26. 45
    boulay says:

    perhaps they will be replacing her with one of the genius political broadcasters at sky, Sophie ridge and Ruth Barnett……i am sure they can replicate the vacuousness mixed with anti-tory bias with ease.

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  27. 46
    The voice of unreason says:

    Guido,

    that ad for French Living looks suspiciously like your house in France ….

    Selling up and getting out of France?

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  28. 47
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    does she know the duckworth lewis method ?

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  29. 48
    Anonymous says:

    Another post about people no-one cares less about. Come on Guido, please get back to doing what you do well.

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  30. 51
    Ed Miliband says:

    As part of my pledge to clean up politics i am appointing Damian McBride as my Bullying advisor.

    Welcome to the new generation.

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  31. 53
    Handy Cockup says:

    Came and work for me down in Portsmouth as my sex slave…..err, I mean intern.

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  32. 56

    Update from the Miliband manifesto.

    After much study, from Compass and the Toynbee foundation, labour policy researches have made a discovery.

    Children from families where the parents own a yacht, are almost three times more likely to go to universities than those who’s parents don’t.

    So utilising this research Miliband is advocating, to give poor kids more chance to attend university:

    1. Sailing lessons
    2. A nautical cap to be uniform in poorly performing schools.
    3. Episodes of ‘COAST’ to be available freely on I-player.
    4. Knot tying lessons at key stage-4
    5. Free tickets to the boat show for the most deprived.

    This should see stellar rates of university attainment for the most disadvantaged in society.

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    • 61
      Steve Miliband says:

      The Ketch writers will love these policies.

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    • 69
      I says:

      And…..Tide Tables for Tower Hamlets

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    • 82
      Sir William Waad says:

      It’s possible, just possible, that on average people who own yachts are more likely to be intelligent, hard-working and dynamic than average, and tend to pass these qualities on to their children.

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      • 87
        the only way is anal says:

        alternatively, it’s possible that many of them are the biggest fucking crooks that you could hope not to meet.

        check it out with osborne and mandelsohn

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  33. 62
    the last quango in paris says:

    she must love you :)

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  34. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Where’s the bloke who wants to bum Laura?

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  35. 65
    I says:

    Where’s the bloke who wants to bum Laura?

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  36. 79
    I don't need no doctor says:

    I wonder if she got fed up with being told to peddle labour lies.

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  37. 81
    EC1 PhD says:

    Laura Kuenssberg going to ITV as their business editor is like Heat magazine launching a business section where the budget is explained in lipstick on James Bond’s inner thigh.

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    • 86
      007 says:

      Thank you for explaining that, Pussy. Now if you’d like to demonstrate your method of quantitative easing?

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  38. 92
    Chris The Leatherman says:

    I seem to remember she was Tory Bear’s secret love interest.

    I agree with an earlier comment, what does she know about business ? She wouldn’t have learnt anything working at the BBC. Maybe she ran the Student Union coffee machine ?

    The one person at the BBC who is really good is Adam Shaw but then his Dad use to work in the East End of London shoe trade and ‘it’s in his genes’ as they say at the BBC.

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  39. 99
    Doc Troigh says:

    Daisy Sampson did this. Look at her now……invisible.

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  40. 101
    Down With Brown! says:

    The BBC should have fired Stephanie “I’ve been shagged by Ed Balls and Ed Milliband” Flanders and Robert “I’ve been shagged by Gordon Brown” Peston and made Laura K there Business and Economics Editor.

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    • 108
      Predictable pedant says:

      It’s “their”.

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    • 112
      Anonymous says:

      Have to agree with the redundancy suggestions but couldn’t the BBC come up with a fresh face that isn’t annoying ?

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    • 113
      treetop91 says:

      Good suggestions,why the BBC keep employing these useless people who turn the public off by waffling and stuttering I cant understand. Laura would be only a less worse candidate and the BBC should look for fresh blood that isn’t politically tainted.

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    • 115
      Spartacus Douglas says:

      Robert ‘Common Purpose’ Peston I think you’ll find

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  41. 120
    Sylvester McCoy says:

    ‘Cameron and Clegg are evil': Doctor Who screenwriter in scathing attack on Coalition after BBC funding cuts

    By Paul Revoir

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2007129/David-Cameron-evil-says-Doctor-Who-writer-Russell-T-Davies.html#ixzz1Q5Iih6yh

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg are ‘savage and evil people’, says one of the BBC’s top screenwriting stars, Russell T. Davies.

    The Welsh writer – who led the revival of Doctor Who in 2005 – attacked the Conservative Party, claiming it appeared ‘buffoonish’ but was ‘lethal as a laser’.

    He said the Coalition had effectively silenced protest from BBC staff over the six-year licence fee freeze by making it part of wider Government spending cuts.

    The BBC is set to make savings of 20 per cent following the latest licence fee settlement. Mr Davies, 48, predicted the Corporation would face more cuts.

    He said he doubted if the Prime Minister sat down and ‘enjoyed a night’s television

    Oo-er Missus aren’t you controversial?

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  42. 124

    “He said he doubted if the Prime Minister sat down and ‘enjoyed a night’s television’

    Who the fuck does, apart from retards?

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  43. 125
    Anonymous says:

    I could never understand a word she said.

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‘Mr Miliband will not survive the televised leaders’ debates trying to have it both ways on every policy from Syria to an EU referendum. The prime minister may be entirely wrong on issues such as HS2, but at least his position is clear.The Labour leader’s attempt to keep his options open is all very well, but to what end? If he thinks he can avoid taking any big decisions until he’s securely installed in Downing Street, Mr Miliband unfortunately hasn’t a prayer.’



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We also need Zil lanes.


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