Evan Davis has announced that he is quitting his role as Newsnight presenter and returning to Radio 4 to present PM. Staff were informed in an internal email today:
Apologies to those who couldn’t make the earlier team meeting in which I announced that after 4 incredible years of presenting Newsnight, Evan is off to present PM on Radio 4.
As both economics editor and then presenter, Evan has made a huge impact on our output with his ability to unpick the most complex of stories with intellect, verve and vitality.
We are fortunate enough to have three outstanding presenters on the show. In the interim Emily and Kirsty will step into the space left by Evan while we decide on the next steps for the programme.
For the moment we wish Evan the very best of luck with his new endeavour and offer him huge gratitude for all he has done for Newsnight.
You’ll be pleased to hear he’ll be popping into the office later when we can take any questions over the customary ITUP cake and fizz.
Who will be stepping into his shoes at the helm of the BBC’s flagship politics programme?
Evan Davis reflects…
“I’m in a good mood, I have music playing and I just found myself doing the Theresa May dance. I can’t help but feel this has been her best week since the election. In dancing, she’s found a metaphor for her premiership… doing her awkward best in an impossible situation.”
Alastair Campbell’s claim on Newsnight that he never lied to the media brought loud guffaws from many journalists. A co-conspirator sent this from Adam Boulton’s “Tony’s Ten Years: Memories of the Blair Administration“. In it Campbell is reported apologising to Boulton for lying to him. Campbell lied to Evan Davies on live television about never lying to the media…
Sensible advice from Evan Davis to MPs on Newsnight…
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) February 17, 2016
Jacob Rees-Mogg was doing the rounds last night as the PM desperately scrambles to finalise a deal on his proposed renegotiations before Friday.
The Eurosceptic MP started the night on Channel 4 News, where he was asked by Jon Snow about how many Tory MPs he suspected would come out in favour of Brexit. He declined to give an estimate, instead referencing Guido’s very own MP Referendum List. That’s another happy reader then…
However the night was still young, and so Rees-Mogg went on Newsnight later to further hammer home the paucity of Cameron’s renegotiations. Speaking to Evan Davies about the potential the PM wouldn’t secure a deal he said:
“It’s the flim-flam that you expect around these negotiations so that they can go through the night and then our hero returns, triumphant, game, set and match. We’ve seen all of this before in European negotiations, my guess is that most of it is broadly agreed. We haven’t asked for anything, the thin gruel is all we’ve asked for, and there’s no reason for the EU not to give it to us, if you don’t ask for anything you might as well be given nothing. And that’s where we are and it will all work out, and then we’ll be expected to sing Hosanas when the Prime Minister returns”.
With the Mogg in such fine form it’s a wonder he isn’t leading the out campaign…
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) January 27, 2016