Channel 4 News has poached another senior BBC reporter – Newsnight’s political editor, Michael Crick, is to switch channels later this year, working as political correspondent on C4’s evening bulletin.
Crick will replace Cathy Newman, who will be promoted to become a regular presenter of the programme alongside Jon Snow and Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
Crick, who has worked on Newsnight for 19 years, has a reputation for breaking stories in Westminster, and for launching special investigations into individuals, notably Jeffrey Archer – Crick won an RTS award for a special programme on Archer’s life in 2002.
“My guiding rule,” says Crick at the top of his current BBC blog, “is that in any story there’s usually something the politicians would prefer the world not to know. My job is to find that out.”
In his new role, Crick will work with Channel 4 News’s political editor, Gary Gibbon. It won’t be Crick’s debut on the programme: he was part of the team that launched it in 1982.
Today, Crick said: “Channel 4 News has a reputation for an in-depth, analytical and cheeky approach to politics, and I look forward to delivering exactly that. Whilst I am sad to leave Newsnight after 19 happy years, I have always admired Gary Gibbon’s journalism and it’s fantastic to be returning to my ITN roots to join him and the rest of the Channel 4 News team.”
Earlier this year, C4 News announced the appointment of Jackie Long, Newsnight’s social affairs editor, and former BBC Washington correspondent Matt Frei. The BBC is also losing another high-profile political correspondent, Laura Kuenssberg, when she becomes ITV News’s business editor later this year.