Excellent news Naga Munchetty congratulates BBC Breakfast colleague as he lands new job

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BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty congratulated BBC colleague Chris Mason on social media today. The Newscast presenter has been appointed as the BBC’s new Political Editor, replacing Laura Kuenssberg.

Naga, 47, gave a virtual round of applause to her co-worker Chris, 41, after it was announced he would be taking up the exciting new role.

She shared the update from the BBC News Press Team with her 269,900 Twitter followers.

“Excellent news @ChrisMasonBBC,” she penned with three clapping emojis. 

The original tweet read: “Delighted to announce the appointment of @ChrisMasonBBC as the BBC’s new Political Editor. 


“Chris will take up his post in May after the local elections.”

Covering the May local elections will be the last job of current Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, before she steps down from the role.

Laura, 45, will be taking over the BBC’s Sunday morning politics show, which was famously presented by Andrew Marr before he announced he would be leaving for a job with LBC last year. 

The journalist will take over from interim host Sophie Raworth, who has been presenting in Andrew’s absence, in September. 

Meanwhile, Chris has described taking over Laura’s soon-to-be-former role as a “tremendous privilege”.

He told the BBC: “What a tremendous privilege to take on what, for me, is the most extraordinary job in British broadcasting and journalism. 

“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.”

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

He is also well-known for presenting BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? since 2019 and continues to appear on Newcast quite regularly. 

Chris knows Naga through BBC Breakfast, as he occasionally acts as a presenter on the show. 

Naga is a regular presenter on the show and also hosts on BBC Radio 5 Live between 10am and 1pm, Mondays through Wednesdays. 

Of Chris’s new appointment, Interim Director for BBC News Jonathan Munro 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.”

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One.

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