This Week cancelled after 16 years following host Andrew Neil’s departure

The late-night show, which airs on Thursdays after 'Question Time' on BBC One, will end this summer 

Clarisse Loughrey@clarisselou
Friday 15 February 2019 16:05
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The BBC’s long-running politics show This Week will end after Andrew Neil announced he was stepping down as host.

The late-night show, which airs on Thursdays after Question Time on BBC One, will end this summer following the conclusion of its current series, the BBC has said.

Neil has presented the show since it began in 2003, with regular guests including former Conservative MP Michael Portillo and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.

Fran Unsworth, BBC director of news, said: “We couldn’t imagine This Week without the inimitable Andrew Neil, one of Britain’s best political interviewers. After 16 years, Andrew is bowing out of late-night presenting on the show, at the top of his game.”

Neil will continue to present Politics Live on Thursdays, as Unsworth added that the BBC wants to keep the 69-year-old “at the heart” of its political coverage.

The move comes amid uncertainty surrounding the BBC’s news output.

Earlier this week, BBC journalists wrote to the broadcaster’s director-general to oppose the decision to shorten News At Ten after it emerged it would be cut by 10 minutes to make way for youth programming and Question Time.

Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen and other foreign correspondents have asked Lord Tony Hall to reconsider.

Last year, Sunday Politics, hosted by Sarah Smith, was axed and replaced by Politics Live, which airs Monday to Friday.

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