Kirsty Wark says she’ll be ‘p***ed off’ if Newsnight exit is delayed

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Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark has admitted she will be “p***ed off” if her Newsnight exit is prolonged.

Earlier this month, it was revealed Kirsty had decided to leave her role as the lead presenter on the BBC show after three decades.

The 68-year-old has been a staple on the long-running current affairs show since 1993.

Speaking recently, she talked about her upcoming departure as well as the scrutiny faced by broadcasters.

“It’s hard to be constantly barraged. Laura Kuenssberg had a terrible time, and you can understand why women in politics sometimes think it’s not worth the candle,” she told Radio Times. 

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On her exit, she told the publication: “Whether May, October or… I’ll be pretty p***ed off if it’s January 2025, but I don’t think he’ll go that late.

“I like election nights, referendum nights, boogie nights, staying up!

“It’s fun, and without sounding portentous, you’re kind of witnessing history.”

However, Kirsty won’t be leaving the broadcaster completely as she’ll continue to present programmes such as The Reunion and Start the Week on Radio 4.

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Going forward, Kirsty told fans she’ll be working on TV documentaries and finishing her third novel as she teased exciting times were ahead.

Director General Tim Davie had nothing but praise for the presenter as he thanked her for her work over the past 30 years on the show.

He commented: “I’m delighted the BBC is not losing Kirsty altogether when she steps back from Newsnight and look forward to seeing and hearing her beyond the busy political year ahead.”

Kirsty is the longest-serving presenter on the show and has covered eight Prime Ministers during her time at Newsnight.

The reputation of Newsnight was damaged back in 2011 when an exposure of sexual abuser Jimmy Savile was suppressed by BBC management.

When asked if that decision hurt her as a Newsnight loyalist, Kirsty called the situation upsetting.

She commented: “It wasn’t Newsnight’s fault, but did the BBC do the best it can do?

“Sometimes that’s lacking. You’ve just got to hope that in time we catch these things.”

Kirsty’s full interview can be read in this week’s Radio Times.

Newsnight airs weeknights on BBC from 10.30pm.

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