After 32 years on Channel 4 News, Jon Snow, one of the UK’s longest-serving TV news presenters, has announced his departure.
After “three incredible decades,” the 73-year-old, who has been the program’s main anchor since 1989, said it was “time to move on.”
“I’m looking forwards to new experiences and new challenges,” he said.
According to Channel 4, Snow will now “front longer-form programs… and represent the channel in other matters.”
Snow added in a statement: “I’m excited about the many goals I want to achieve, but I have to say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the program.
“It has given me adventure, as well as sadness in some of the stories I’ve had to report and joy in others, but most importantly, it has given me community by allowing me to work with the most amazing group of people who are united by intelligence, humor, and understanding.
“We’ve created a fantastic service by working together. I’m honored to have contributed to Channel 4 News, let alone to have hosted the show for 32 years.”
Snow worked as a Washington reporter and diplomatic editor for ITN in the 1980s before joining Channel 4 News.
In addition to being a regular in the nightly show’s London studio, his work has brought him all over the world to cover events such as the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela’s release, and Barack Obama’s inauguration.
During his tenure, the show has won ten Bafta TV awards, with Snow receiving the Richard Dimbleby Award for best factual contribution to television in 2005 and the Bafta Fellowship, the organization’s highest honor, in 2015.
Ten Royal Television Society awards, including six for the presenter of the year, are among his other achievements.
Snow has been “the guiding force behind Channel 4 News for the last 30 years,” according to Ben de Pear, editor of Channel 4 News.
“Relentless drive, charisma, and a mischievous sense of fun have fueled his bold journalism, innate compassion, a nose for a good story, and sympathy for the underdog,” he said.
According to Channel 4, Snow will now “rely on his charities and some of his many interests in life, such as people’s tales, homelessness, Africa, Iran, and the arts.”
Snow was described as “a talismanic figure” by Channel 4’s chief content officer Ian Katz.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Cathy Newman, Matt Frei, and Jackie Long are among the remaining presenters on the show.
It was “a true pleasure to present alongside” Newman, he tweeted.
- Jon Snow: Hayley Barlow/Channel 4 News/PA Wire