Norman Smith (journalist)
|Born||1958/1959 (age 56–57)|
|Occupation||Assistant Political Editor|
Yesterday in Parliament
Smith began his career in regional newspapers in Birmingham and Bristol. He joined the BBC as a local radio reporter in 1986. Smith became a parliamentary correspondent in 1993, presenting Today and Yesterday in Parliament on BBC Radio 4. He has reported for the BBC from the Palace of Westminster since 1999. In 2010, he became Chief Political Correspondent for Radio 4.
In July 2011, he was appointed to the position of Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC News channel replacing Laura Kuenssberg who departed to ITN, before then being promoted to his current position of Assistant Political Editor in 2014.
In a 2015 UKIP leadership row, Patrick O'Flynn called Nigel Farage a "snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive" man making Ukip look like an "absolutist monarchy" and "personality cult." While reading this comment out on air, Smith accidentally said "personality cunt" before correcting himself.
- Clarkson, Stuart (19 July 2011). "BBC Radio 4's Norman Smith gets TV job". Radio Today.
- "Politics UK - Meet the team - Norman Smith". BBC World Service.
- "Smith To Replace Kuenssberg as BBC Chief Political Correspondent". The Guardian. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- "Top Farage ally turns on ‘snarling’ Ukip leader". The Times. 14 May 2015.
|Assistant Political Editor: BBC News
2014 – present
|Chief Political Correspondent: BBC News
2011 – 2014
|Chief Political Correspondent: BBC Radio 4
2010 – 2011