Jon Snow to step down from Channel 4 News after 32 years

Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow will step down after 32 years as anchor of the broadcaster’s flagship news programme.

Snow, 73, is the longest-serving presenter in the show’s history and will leave the programme at the end of the year. He will continue to work with Channel 4 on longer-form broadcasting projects next year.

Snow said: "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.”

Snow, who has fronted Channel 4 News since 1989, started his career in journalism in 1973 for Independent Radio News, LBC. In 1976 he joined ITN, the maker of news for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, holding the roles of Washington correspondent and diplomatic editor in the 1980s before his move to front Channel 4 News.

He has travelled the world to cover numerous major news stories – including the fall of Idi Amin in Uganda; the Revolution in Iran; the wars in Iraq and conflicts in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the release of Nelson Mandela.

He has won countless awards during his illustrious broadcasting career, including the Richard Dimbleby Bafta award for Best Factual Contribution to UK Television in 2005, and Royal Television Society awards for Journalist of the Year and a five times winner of Presenter of the Year

Snow said that the coronavirus has been the “biggest thing since the second world war” and the most significant event he has reported on.

Deborah Turness, the chief executive of ITN, said that “there is only one Jon Snow – when they made him they broke the mould” while Ben de Pear, the editor of Channel 4 News, said Snow had been the “driving force” behind the show for the past three decades.

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.”

Fellow presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy described Snow as a “national treasure”. “For 23 years I’ve sat next to him watching and learning from his extraordinary passion, energy and commitment.”

Last year, Channel 4 News picked Leeds as a hub where it has established a new “national headquarters” as part of a drive to geographically diversify outside London.