LAURA Kuenssberg has not appeared on her BBC politics show for the last few weeks, leaving fans with questions about her whereabouts.
The broadcaster and journalist, who usually presents her flagship 60-minute morning programme Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, is taking a break — here we take a look at why.
Victoria Derbyshire has taken over hosting duties for the last three weeks
Where is Laura Kuenssberg today?
Laura Kuenssberg has taken a break from the BBC One programme following the Party Conference season.
Today it was revealed on BBC Breakfast that BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Victoria Derbyshire, 55, would again be at the helm.
She gave a preview of what viewers could expect at 9am, revealing a chat with Israel’s former Prime Minister as well as Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick among others.
Laura was first replaced on her October 8 show, where The Sun exclusively revealed she was missing for “personal reasons”.
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With the full support of BBC bosses, Kuenssberg was given time off and missed the episode as the show travelled to Liverpool for Labour’s Party Conference.
She was also replaced by Victoria last week, on October 15, meaning was her third show missing.
When Victoria stood in for Laura prior to this break, the Scottish presenter took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share her apologies.
She said: “Sorry everyone, I can’t make #bbclaurak or #newscast this weekend — but don’t miss @vicderbyshire in the chair at 9 tomorrow on @BBCOne”
Who has replaced Laura Kuenssberg?
TV presenter Victoria Derbyshire has taken over Laura’s hosting duties for the past few weeks.
Before her first recent show on October 8, Victoria took to X and said: “Good morning from Liverpool 🙂
“Am standing in for #BBCLauraK today We’ll talk live to • Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer • Transport Secretary Mark Harper”
When is Laura Kuenssberg back on BBC?
Many fans who miss Laura and her presenting style have been left asking where the political reporter has gone.
As Victoria has filled in for Laura for three weeks now, it may be some time before she is seen again.
No concrete date has yet been given for Kuenssberg’s return.
Who is Laura Kuenssberg?
Laura Juliet Kuenssberg, born in Italy on August 8, 1976, is a British journalist and the first ever woman to hold the position of political editor at the BBC, after succeeding Nick Robinson.
Laura grew up in Glasgow with her brother and diplomat sister Joanna, who was the High Commissioner of the UK to Mozambique from 2014 until 2018.
She studied for a degree in history at University of Edinburgh, where she would meet her future husband.
After working for NBC in the States and Washington DC, Laura returned to Britain and went on to work on cable TV channels in Glasgow, Channel 4 and the BBC.
In September 2011, Laura left the BBC for the newly created role as business editor with ITV News, and broadcast her first News At Ten segment in August 2013.
She returned to the BBC to present Newsnight in February 2014 — and was appointed as the political editor in July 2015.
In December 2021 she confirmed she is stepping down as the BBC’s Political Editor for a “senior presenting and reporting role” at the Corporation.
An announcement followed in March 2022 that Laura would be replacing Andrew Marr as the host of BBC One’s flagship Sunday morning politics show from September 2023.