Huw Edwards discusses 'voter suppression' after Queen's Speech
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Huw Edwards, who has fronted the BBC News at Ten since 2003, has explained that he will be “looking for other work”. His expected departure comes after a number of high-profile broadcasters stepped down from their roles at the Beeb in recent months, including Andrew Marr and Louise Minchin.
The 60-year-old anchor expressed his desire to pursue other avenues after two decades fronting the news, which he added was a milestone he had planned to reach.
Huw revealed that his BBC News exit will be imminent as he anticipates that he will bid farewell in 2023.
Despite his plans to move away from the news programme he does not plan on retiring.
Instead, Huw wishes to follow in the footsteps of broadcasters Sir David Attenbrough, Dame Mary Berry and David Dimbleby, who have remained on screen past the age of 80.
The broadcaster shared his thoughts in an upcoming documentary to be aired on S4C between Christmas and the New Year.
“By [January] 2023 I’ll have done 20 years as the face of the News at Ten,” the news anchor explained.
“That is a milestone, isn’t it? I can’t foresee what’s going to happen, but do I want to leave now? No. Would I like to reach the ’20 years’ milestone? Yes.
“When the time will come for me to quit the job – or for them to let me go – I don’t want to put my feet up and do nothing. I’ll be looking for other work, because keeping busy is one of life’s best secrets.”
In the new interview, Huw expanded on his previous comments and added he would continue his work in broadcasting and journalism.
“I would like to keep working in broadcasting and maybe teaching journalism for years to come, but not necessarily in daily news in the longer term,” he told The Times.
“For me, the key to staying fit in every sense is to keep active and busy, and it follows that the concept of retirement to me is rather alien.”
He went on: “I have the greatest respect and admiration for people like David Attenborough, David Dimbleby, Mary Berry, my good friend Beti George and other distinguished broadcasters who show exemplary professionalism as veterans, and their enduring popularity with our audiences speaks for itself.”
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He added: “Viewers appreciate the reassuring experience that these broadcasters bring to the screen.
“It remains to be seen whether I have the talent and the stamina to do the same thing, but I will certainly give it a good go.”
The news comes as the veteran broadcaster is set to discuss his battle with depression in a new documentary.
In the S4C film he says that his focus on fitness over the last decade is linked to his mental health.
Huw is a Welsh-born journalist, presenter and newsreader with a longstanding career at the BBC.
The broadcaster succeeded David as the host of the BBC election night coverage and was the lead presenter for the 2019 general election.
It was announced this week that Huw will be one of five presenters to take over BBC Radio Cymru’s 8-10am Sunday Morning programme from next year.
The News at Ten presenter alongside four others will jointly take over the slot left by Dewi Llwyd, who has been the voice of Sunday mornings on the station for 14 years.
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