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Jon Snow confirms he is leaving Channel 4 News after 32 years

Jon Snow has confirmed he is leaving Channel 4 News later this year (Picture: Getty/Channel 4/rex)

Journalist Jon Snow is leaving Channel 4 News after 32 years.

The 73-year-old is the longest-running presenter of Channel 4 News, having presented the news programme since 1989.

However, he is now leaving the news programme at the end of 2021.

Snow confirmed: ‘After three incredible decades on Channel 4 News, it is time to move on. 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.’

Channel 4 confirmed, however, that Snow will continue to work with the channel from 2022, fronting longer form projects.

He will also ‘focus on his charities and some of his many passions in life, peoples’ stories, inequality, Africa, Iran and the arts’.

Snow has fronted the news since 1989 (Picture: Tony Kyriacou/REX)

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.

‘As well as his support and friendship to fellow workers, for decades he has worked tirelessly for a multitude of charities and causes beyond the public gaze and for no other reason than to help those less fortunate than himself.

‘He may be leaving us after decades on the front line of history, but his contribution will live on and undoubtedly continue elsewhere. He is a wonderful man, and it has been an honour to call Jon our friend and colleague.’

Deborah Turness, Chief Executive Officer, ITN, added: ‘Over a lifetime dedicated to journalism, and in a life devoted to fairness and humanity, Jon Snow has earned a unique and special place in the hearts of the British audience. There is only one Jon Snow – when they made him, they broke the mould. His warmth, intellect and decency have always prevailed, even as he held the powerful to account and sought justice for the weak and powerless.’

Channel 4 Chief Content Officer, Ian Katz, said: ‘No-one can match the colossal contribution Jon has made to both broadcast journalism and Channel 4 over more than three decades. He’s a talismanic figure whose combination of integrity, humanity and mischief helped make him the most trusted and well-loved news presenter of his generation, and the embodiment of everything Channel 4 aspires to be.

The journalist is among the most trusted and prominent in the UK (Picture: REX)

‘I’m immensely grateful for everything Jon has done to help establish Channel 4 News as Britain’s most trusted TV news programme and delighted that he will continue to appear on the channel after he steps down from presenting the News.’

Snow’s career at ITN has spanned 45 years, having joined the network in 1976 and gone on to be Washington correspondent between 1983 and 1986 and diplomatic editor between 1986 and 1989.

He then took up the post of presenter on Channel 4 News, and has travelled the world covering some of the biggest events of the last three decades.

Awards won by Snow include a Bafta fellowship, the Richard Dimbleby Bafta award for best factual contribution to UK television in 2005, the Royal Television Society award for journalist of the year in 2006, and five awards for presenter of the year.

He declined an OBE as he believes working journalists should not take honours from those about whom they report.

Snow became a father for the third time last month, as he and his wife Precious Lunga, 46, welcomed a son via surrogate.

The journalist is also father to two daughters from his first marriage to Madeleine Colvin.

Credit: Original article published here.

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