Gibbon is new political editor for Channel Four News

Caitlin Pike
 
Gary Gibbon has been
appointed political editor of Channel 4 News, taking over from Elinor
Goodman who is leaving the programme this summer after 23 years.
 
Gibbon has been Channel 4 News’ political
correspondent since 1995. He has reported extensively on the peace
process in Northern Ireland and made special reports on the
intelligence and legal background to the Iraq war.
 
In 2001 his interview with Peter Mandelson helped trigger his second resignation from the Cabinet.
 
Jim Gray, editor of Channel 4 News, said: “This
is an appointment which is so right, and I just know that Gary will
make an outstanding political editor. He’s a razor sharp political
journalist whose judgement and insights are utterly sure-footed, as
demonstrated in his masterful handling of some of the most charged
political stories of recent times – for example, our scoops on the
Attorney-General’s advice on Iraq, the Hutton and Butler Inquiries.”
 
Gray said those working on the programme and viewers alike relish Gibbon’s “delicious streak of mischief”.
 
He said: “Without doubt, Elinor Goodman casts a
long shadow – but I’m very much looking forward to Gary leading the
programme’s political team, and stamping his own character on Channel
4’s political coverage”.
 
A Channel 4 news spokeswoman said the programme
had received letters and calls from fans begging for Gibbon to take
over from Goodman. 7
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