John Humphrys will step down from presenting BBC Radio 4’s Today programme later this year, after fronting it for 32 years. Now it is time to bet on the next BBC Today presenter. Humphrys’ co-hosts Nick Robinson and Mishal Husain along with other prominent journalists are favourites to replace Humphrys.
The veteran broadcaster John Humphrys, 75, will likely leave in autumn this year, but he has not yet set a date. He said on BBC Radio 4 “I love doing the programme. I have always enjoyed it. That is the problem. I should have gone years ago”. He also said that he will miss listeners most even if many “hate his guts”.
Six candidates from a long list of journalists at online betting sites in the UK have the gravitas to take on the highly sensitive role. The BBC might pick one of its prominent figures like Andrew Neil, Kirsty Young, Kirsty Wark, or Emily Maitlis. However we think you should bet on the replacement of John Humphrys to be one of his co-hosts. It may be Nick Robinson or Mishal Husain.
1. Nick Robinson already popular among Today’s listeners
Nick Robinson is already popular among Today’s listeners. He joined the Today show in November 2015, after a 10-year tenure as BBC’s political editor. At a time when he was BBC’s political editor he covered two general election campaigns. He also covered the formation of the first coalition in 75 years, and the referendum on Scottish independence. His odds are 10/1 at 22Bet Sportsbook to replace Humphrys.
2. Andrew Neil presented “This Week” for 16 years
Andrew Neil, 69, is a famous face for the BBC. He stepped down lately as the host of This Week after 16 years of presenting it. Neil continues to present Politics Live on Thursdays. He previously presented Daily Politics and Sunday Politics. It remains to be seen if Neil will be tempted to leave the small screen behind for the airwaves, with 16/1 odds at 22Bet Sportsbook.
3. Mishal Husain has the quality to hold power to account
Mishal Husain (137/50) is one of the toughest hosts at BBC Today programme. She is best known for telling the story of the army school in Pakistan in 2014. Her colleagues describe her as having the quality to hold power to account. Last year she published a book “The Skills” on how to get ahead at work.
4. Kirsty Young to come back?
Kirsty Young is no stranger to the BBC Radio 4. She has been hosting the Desert Island Discs since 2006. Last August she had to step away of the show due to her illness of fibromyalgia. She took several months off. Thus her comeback to the BBC Radio 4 might be as a replacement to Humphrys with 10/1.
5. Kirsty Wark most experienced TV presenter
Kirsty Wark, 64, is one of Britain’s most experienced TV presenters. She has been part of the Newsnight team since 1993. She also hosted The Review Show for over a decade. She is best known to online sportsbook news in the UK for her interviews with Margaret Thatcher, Madonna, Harold Pinter, and Pete Doherty. If you think to choose her when betting on the next BBC Today presenter, the odds are 9/2.
6. Emily Maitlis presents BBC’s Newsnight
Emily Maitlis (7/2) is a prominent figure at BBC’s Newsnight. She may lack Radio experience, but she is one of the favourite leads in the network. She is very much liked for her interviewing skills. The big question is whether she will agree to swap from late nights to early morning, in order to host Today programme.
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