‘Newswhite’ is no more? Clive Myrie set to replace Emily Maitlis on BBC’s flagship show

‘Newswhite’ is no more? Clive Myrie is tipped to take the place of Emily Maitlis on the BBC’s flagship show – two years after a moniker emerged referring to its lack of on-screen ethnic minority presenters and journalists

  • BBC chiefs reportedly line up newsreader to take top spot on Newsnight
  • Myrie made headlines when he ‘shed a tear’ during a live broadcast in Ukraine
  • Emily Maitlis joined business giant Global after leaving the BBC last month

BBC chiefs are lining up journalist and newsreader Clive Myrie to replace Emily Maitlis on Newsnight, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The presenter, who led the company’s coverage in Ukraine at the start of the war and also hosts BBC2’s Mastermind quiz, has become a popular choice due to his “amazing talent” and ability to “turn hands off to anything”.

Sources say he is the favorite to replace Ms Maitlis, who left the BBC last month to take up a post at commercial radio giant Global.

An insider said: ‘Clive is adored at the BBC. He’s a good journalist, but very nice with that.

‘He can do anything. He is above all an incredible journalist, but he can also present, which makes him the ideal person.

Clive Myrie, 57, who led the company’s coverage in Ukraine at the start of the war and also hosts BBC2’s Mastermind quiz, has become a popular choice due to his “amazing talent” and ability to “turn hand towards anything”.

Sources say he is the favorite to replace Ms Maitlis, who left the BBC last month to take up a post at commercial radio giant Global.

Sources say he is the favorite to replace Ms Maitlis, who left the BBC last month to take up a post at commercial radio giant Global.

There may be a tug of war over the 57-year-old, however, with news chiefs desperate to cling to him.

Myrie has been hailed for anchoring the Society’s initial coverage of the war in Ukraine and for her moving reporting from Kyiv.

He also won acclaim for a series of reports from inside hospital wards at the height of the Covid pandemic.

BBC veterans and good friends Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel (pictured) are leaving the company to join Global, owners of LBC, where they will present a show and podcast together

BBC veterans and good friends Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel (pictured) are leaving the company to join Global, owners of LBC, where they will present a show and podcast together

At last year's Royal Television Society Journalism Awards, Myrie was named TV Journalist of the Year and Network Presenter of the Year.

At last year’s Royal Television Society Journalism Awards, Myrie was named TV Journalist of the Year and Network Presenter of the Year.

Two years ago The Mail on Sunday revealed that Newsnight had been dubbed ‘Newswhite’ in the TV industry due to the lack of on-screen ethnic minority presenters and journalists.

Despite a promise to improve diversity, Newsnight featured few non-white presenters.

Breakfast host Naga Munchetty filled in for 12 weeks in 2017 and the society’s economics editor, Faisal Islam, occasionally hosts the programme.

The BBC highlighted in 2020 that Newsnight’s off-screen team had exceeded the BBC’s target of 15% black, Asian and minority ethnic representation among its staff.

At last year’s Royal Television Society Journalism Awards, Myrie was named TV Journalist of the Year and Network Presenter of the Year.

BBC bosses have several decisions to make over key staff, including who succeeds Laura Kuenssberg as political editor.

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