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Lewis Goodall quits BBC’s Newsnight to join Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel podcast

Lewis Goodall is to quit the BBC and join Global in September (Picture: @Maitlis/@JonSopel)

Lewis Goodall has announced that he is leaving the BBC to join up with an old colleague, former Newsnight host Emily Maitlis.

Goodall, 32, who joined the current affairs show as policy editor in January 2020, said it had been a ‘privilege’ to work with the BBC.

But after two years on Newsnight, Goodall is leaving for pastures new: a news podcast at Global alongside Maitlis, 51, and journalist Jon Sopel, 63.

Goodall announced the news to his followers on Twitter this morning, saying that he was ‘delighted’ to join the Global team in September.


‘My brief will be to supercharge [Global]’s video output,’ he said. ‘What does that look like? Much more to come but we have big plans.’

His announcement comes just fourth months after Maitlis and Sopel announced that they too would be joining Global.

The trio will host the new podcast on Global Player alongside their new radio show on LBC, providing commentary and analysis for the station’s website.

Goodall continued in his statement: ‘I’ll be reporting on and breaking stories in the UK and beyond. Global has reinvented radio – its ambitions for podcasting and quality video journalism are just as big.’

Goodall of course had nothing but fond words for his time at Newsnight, a show that his new colleague Maitlis had hosted for 12 years.

Emily Maitlis hosted Newsnight from 2006 (Picture: S Meddle/ITV)

‘This of course sadly means I’ll be leaving wonderful Newsnight. This programme is in my bloodstream. I’m so passionate about it. It is utterly indispensable. I love the team.’

He added: ‘I couldn’t have been happier. To the sad, politics-obsessed Brummie teenager inside me who used to watch the show in his bedroom as a kid night after night, to hear ‘and here’s our policy editor, Lewis Goodall’… is thrilling to me – every single time.’

Maitlis and Sopel both posted their own welcoming messages on Twitter,

The news of Goodall’s departure from the BBC comes alongside several other high-profile exits from the broadcaster in recent months.

Journalist Andrew Marr recently aired the final episode of his Sunday morning political talk show, while entertainment hosts Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s recently left their Friday afternoon slot.


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