Razia Iqbal, an anchor for Newshour from the BBC World Service, will leave the organization later this year, she announced.
“After more than three decades, my career at the BBC is drawing to a close,” Iqbal wrote on Twitter Monday. “I leave in the summer & am so grateful for the brilliance of colleagues; the trust people put in us to tell their stories & transformative adventures … new horizons beckon.”
A BBC spokesperson told Current that Iqbal will leave in July.
“Razia has been a huge part of Newshour for the past twelve years, and central to our reputation as an agenda-setting programme that holds news makers to account,” Tim de Faramond, editor of Newshour and The World Tonight, told BBC staff in an email last week. “She is much-loved by our listeners who value her ability to connect with people and her tenacious interviewing. Her reporting from across the world on the decade’s biggest stories have earned her their precious trust, and helped make the BBC the most trusted news brand in the US. She will be much missed.”
Iqbal started with the BBC World Service in 1989 as a reporter and previously worked as an arts correspondent. She began as a host for Newshour in 2011.
The BBC’s Nuala McGovern will join Newshour as an anchor this summer, according to the spokesperson.