Piers is dusting off his ties (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)
Cheeky Piers Morgan has joked he’s ready to take Jon Snow’s place after the veteran broadcaster announced today he’d be stepping down from his role with Channel 4.
This afternoon the broadcaster revealed that after decades with the network Jon be leaving Channel 4 News at the end of the year.
The 73-year-old is the longest-running presenter, having helmed the news programme since 1989.
And it seems Piers is keen to throw his hat into the ring with a cheeky post, just weeks after he, too, left a flagship news show after he quit Good Morning Britain last month.
Riffing on Jon’s famous, and extensive, tie collection, Piers chimed on Twitter on Thursday: ‘Shall I dust down my tie collection @Channel4News?’
He knows how to get the punters going, that Piers, with one commenting: ‘Imagine the uproar!’ as another added: ‘Yep dust the tie down get back on our TV.’
Snow confirmed the big step, saying: ‘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.
Jon announced today he was stepping down at the end of the year (Picture: PA)
‘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’.
The Channel 4 News starlwart’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 Jon 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.Credit: Original article published here.