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Laura Kuenssberg's swipe over £220,000 BBC salary: 'I'm paid very fairly'


The BBC’s political editor has become a well known name in the media world, and a staple of UK broadcasting. She succeeded Nick Robinson in July 2015, and is the first woman to hold the position. She has previously served as the BBC’s chief political correspondent and was the first business editor of ITV News. Her role at the BBC has seen her earn a a hefty salary, with the broadcaster outlining that it is between £220,000 and £229,000-a-year. When asked about her income in an interview with the Radio Times, she responded: “I’m well rewarded for a job I massively enjoy doing. I think I’m paid very fairly.”

She spoke to the magazine in October last year, and spoke candidly about the demands of her job.

Ms Kuenssberg continued: “I work long hours. I work very, very hard. I haven’t had time for a haircut in four months. That’s where we are at the moment, I’m like Rapunzel.”

Having formerly covered health and crime, Ms Kuenssberg added that she didn’t expect to become the broadcaster’s foremost political expert.

She continued: “It was not my burning ambition to work in Westminster, to spend all my time hanging out with people who work in politics.”

Speaking about the corporation’s decision to hire her, Ms Kuenssberg said: “They wanted to bring people in who weren’t politics obsessives, who didn’t already have a whole network of friends and contacts in politics, which I didn’t.”

The journalist also spoke about reporting on Brexit: “It’s an extraordinary period in politics. It’s sort of like a soap opera, but it’s not a soap opera.

“It’s the story of characters, plots, subplots and the different factions in all the different political parties. A story of the cabinet, of Parliament, of the country.”

Ms Kuenssberg has reported on the biggest, most talked about stories in the country.

But this has also resulted in her journalism coming under scrutiny as the divisive debate in the UK leads often to trolling and abuse.

The journalist opened up on having to have a bodyguard with her at times, and also had criticism directed her way by Labour Party supporters.

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It was inferred by some that Mr Corbyn wouldn’t back lethal force being used against gunmen.

The BBC Trust found against BBC News for breaching rules on “accuracy and impartiality”.

Discussing the row five years later, Ms Kuenssberg said: “I’ve been doing this job for three-and-a-half years – have I got every single line 100 percent right, every single day? Of course not. But I stand by what I said on that, absolutely.”


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