BBC political chief Sue Inglish leaves corporation after leading coverage of three general elections

The BBC's head of political programmes, analysis and research Sue Inglish is leaving the corporation.

Inglish, who is responsible for 150 staff across political news and programmes on radio, television and online, has been in her position for ten years.

Previously, she was head of analysis and research for news and before that she was foreign news editor.

In her current role, Inglish oversees the Daily and Sunday Politics, Today and Yesterday In Parliament, Election Results specials, BBC Parliament and Democracy Live.

Inglish led the BBC through three general elections and was the chair of the broadcasters' leaders' debates committee.

Head of news and current affairs James Harding told staff in an email today: "Sue has been responsible for the BBC’s coverage of politics for a decade. It is one of the most important and demanding jobs in British broadcasting. Her leadership has been distinguished by sound judgment, strong will under pressure and great success.  

"Sue has been responsible for a wide range of political programmes including the Daily Politics, the Sunday Politics, This Week, Question Time, the Andrew Marr Show, the Week in Westminster, the Westminster Hour, Today in Parliament, Yesterday in Parliament, BBC Parliament and Democracy Live.

"During her period with the BBC Sue has managed election coverage and results programmes for three general elections and numerous other results programmes for local, European and US elections and referendums. In 2010 she chaired the negotiations between the broadcasters and the political parties which led to the first Prime Ministerial debates on British television.

"This year’s election night broadcast on BBC One epitomised political coverage under Sue – it brimmed with expertise, innovation, intelligence and the willingness to make the big calls on stories when they really matter." 

Inglish said: “It’s been a privilege to be involved in the BBC’s political coverage over the past ten years and an honour to work with such talented people. After such an interesting general election in May I have decided this is the right time for me to move on.”

Harding added: "After July, Sue will take up a role with BBC Media Action, until she leaves the BBC at the end of this year. I will follow up with plans for Millbank in due course.  

"Sue will be a huge loss to the BBC and I hope you’ll join me in thanking her for all that she’s done."

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