ITV business editor Laura Kuennsberg is poached by Katz for Newsnight

ITV news business editor Laura Keunnsberg is joining Newsnight as a presenter and as chief correspondent.

Her is the latest in a series of apppointments made by Newsnight editor Ian Katz who joined the title from The Guardian in September.

Katz said: “She’s widely admired as one of the most authoritative and accessible broadcasters in the country and has a brilliant nose for a story, as well as a wealth of experience across a range of different areas. She’ll add real firepower to Newsnight’s reporting team as well as a fresh and compelling voice to the show’s presenter line-up.”

Kuenssberg said: "Working with the team at ITV News to cover the intense challenges faced by business, families and the wider economy has been a real privilege and I've really enjoyed the last couple of years.

But I'm truly delighted to be joining a reinvigorated Newsnight both to present and report at such an exciting time. It's been a long held ambition of mine to work full time on the programme and I can’t wait to get started."

Kuenssberg has been business editor at ITV since September 2011. Before that she was the BBC News Channel’s chief political correspondent. She will take up her new role in mid-February.

Yesterday it was announced that executive comment editor of the Financial Times Chris Cook is to join Newsnight as policy editor. Political correspondent David Grossman is to become technology editor.

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