Newsnight Political Editor Runners and Riders

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Allegra Stratton has started her new gig at ITV meaning Newsnight needs a new political editor. As ever, Guido gives you your runners and riders…

David Grossman – Seen as the internal BBC option, Grossman currently does the tech-y stuff but has been temping as the stand-in political editor recently. Could he get the gig full time?

Tom Newton Dunn – The Sun’s political editor is well overdue a broadcast job and would solve Ian Katz’s problem of Newsnight being seen as dreary Guardian TV. Though would Auntie be able to afford him?

Nicholas Watt – Snubbed by Kath Viner in favour of the sisterhood, telegenic Watt is sure to be snapped up soon and could continue the Guardian to Newsnight career path trod by Allegra. Surely has to leave King’s Place when a decent opportunity arises.

Janan Ganesh – Like Watt, sits on the Sunday Politics panel which is apparently watched closely by BBC bosses looking for new senior hires. Flair of his columns would be missed. And he’d turn Newsnight full-on hipster.

Tom McTague – Out of a job at the Sindy, which is particularly unlucky since he only moved there a few months ago. Would be a dream escape route.

Isabel Oakeshott – Was believed to be in the running for the ITV job before it was taken by Peston. Young children mean it’s unlikely she’ll do it.

Isabel Hardman – A regular on the airwaves, has been linked to TV roles for years. Though Newsnight barely get more viewers than the Speccie’s View from 22.

Chris Ship – In Peston’s unwelcome shadow over at ITV News, which is enough to drive anyone to look for another job. Would be a step up he ain’t getting at ITV any time soon.

Helen Lewis – The third Sunday Politics panelist, Lewis has been at the Staggers for ages. Believed to be interested in the job.

Who’s your money on?

UPDATE: Paddy Power appear to have priced up the runners and riders based on our story above: David Grossman is the 5/4 favourite. Nicholas Watt is the 2/1 shot and Tom Newton Dunn is is the value bet at 5/1.




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