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Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, 49, has spoken out after Norman Smith, 61, announced he would be stepping down from his role hosting Today and Yesterday in Parliament on BBC Radio 4. News of the BBC journalist’s departure was shared by fellow political journalist Joe Murphy, who tweeted in view of his 34,000 followers: “For more years than I can count, the 6.35am political summary by Norman Smith has provided priceless moments of clarity, calm and insight.
She retweeted the message in view of her 398,000 Twitter followers and wrote: “What??!! This is terrible ?? @BBCNormanS????”
Later on, Norman addressed his show exit himself in a tweet featuring an adorable snap of him cuddling his dog.
Emily was quick to respond to Norman’s post and praised him for being an “outstanding” broadcaster.
Fans took to the comments section of Emily’s emotional admission to share their thoughts on Norman’s exit.
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A third fan commented: “Me too. I enjoyed Norman’s analysis every morning in the today show.”
“You are immense, wise, clever and funny. I have LOVED working with you. Thank you for being a magnificent and kind colleague.”(sic)
Norman became a parliamentary correspondent in 1993 and has reported for the BBC from the Palace of Westminster since 1999.
In July 2011, he became the Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC News channel before being promoted to his current position of Assistant Political Editor in 2014.
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