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Maitlis goes national with News 24 and Newsnight roles

LONDON – Emily Maitlis, presenter of the BBC's main evening news programme for London, is taking on national roles on BBC Two's 'Newsnight' and BBC News 24.

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Maitlis will co-present the BBC's continous news channel, News 24, from 7pm to 10pm alongside another new face to the channel, BBC special correspondent Ben Brown.

Maitlis will also join the BBC's flagship 'Newsnight' as a regular presenter, lining up alongside the formidable Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark, Martha Kearney and Gavin Esler.

Maitlis said: "This is a great move for me. I would have given up an arm and a leg to work at 'Newsnight', so I'm rather pleased I don't have to.


"I'm hugely looking forward to working with Ben on News 24. There's so much energy and so many new ideas on the channel at the moment, it feels like the right place to be."

The announcement follows BBC news presenter Sophie Raworth's move to take over from Anna Ford as the presenter of BBC's 'One O'Clock News', leaving Natasha Kaplinsky to present the 'Six O'Clock News' bulletin.

Kaplinsky, famous for her appearance on 'Strictly Come Dancing', has been presenting the 'Six O'Clock News' with George Alagiah on BBC One while Raworth was on maternity leave, but with Raworth's move to daytime she looks set to remain in the role.

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