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BBC’s Norman Smith Retires











The BBC’s assistant political editor Norman Smith presented his last report today on the BBC One O’Clock News.

He said he is leaving the corporation to pursue ‘things beyond journalism’. 

As he posted a picture of himself on Twitter he said he is looking forward to “longer dog walks” as he bid farewell to the broadcaster. 

Smith was a regular voice on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme where he shared insight on the day’s top political stories. 

On hi Twitter post he wrote: “Folks…that’s it from me. Thanks for putting up with me over the years. Its been an absolute privilege. 

Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis replied: “Devastated. But good on you Norman, you are outstanding.” 

Paying tribute to Smith on the Today programme, BBC director general Lord Tony Hall said: “Norman’s voice at 6:33 has been a key part of my morning for longer than I can remember. 

“There’s a clarity that he brings to his briefing based on deep knowledge and then he calls things right too. 

“I stop whatever I’m doing to listen and then somehow he goes on to broadcast across the rest of the day as well. How can he ever stop, thank you so much Norman I will miss you.” 

Smith joined the BBC as a local radio reporter in 1986 and became a parliamentary correspondent in 1993, presenting Today and Yesterday In Parliament on BBC Radio 4. 

He has been assistant political editor since 2014.

30 July 2020                                            Back to the headlines

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