Norman Smith (journalist)

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Norman Stuart Smith
Born 1958/1959 (age 56–57)
Nationality British
Occupation Assistant Political Editor
Years active 1986–present
Notable credit(s) Today
Yesterday in Parliament
BBC News

Norman Stuart Smith is a British journalist. He became the Chief Political Correspondent of BBC News in 2011, and its Assistant Political Editor in 2014.[1]


Smith was educated at Oundle School and St Peter's College, Oxford, where he read History.[2]


Smith began his career in regional newspapers in Birmingham and Bristol.[2] 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.[3]

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,[3] 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."[4] While reading this comment out on air, Smith accidentally said "personality cunt" before correcting himself.[5]

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Media offices
Preceded by
New Post
Assistant Political Editor: BBC News
2014 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Laura Kuenssberg
Chief Political Correspondent: BBC News
2011 – 2014
Succeeded by
Vicky Young
Preceded by
Chief Political Correspondent: BBC Radio 4
2010 – 2011
Succeeded by
Gary O'Donoghue