BBC News’ Laura Kuenssberg has been on and off our screens over the past few months, and is now missing once again.
Back in May 2020, Laura disappeared from our screens. She was absent for such a period of time, it left some BBC viewers thinking that she was leaving the news team. As one of the BBC’s more controversial and outspoken figures, Laura has played a role in holding politicians to account during the global pandemic. Her absence at this time of need sent alarm bells ringing, with many hypothesising what has happened to her.
Now, this autumn, Laura is still missing.
So, where is Laura Kuenssberg? When can we expect her back on The BBC?
Laura Kuenssberg goes AWOL
On May 29th, 2020, Laura tweeted: “Not around for a few days.”
This was when the country was still largely locked down and holiday opportunities were off the cards. Laura’s ambiguous tweet raised many questions. Many started to wonder whether this was a voluntary break or something imposed on the political editor.
One Twitter user speculated: “Laura Kuenssberg quits BBC to join ITV News.” Laura has worked with ITV before as their business editor, but this was unfounded.
Another leading theory is that Laura is taking a break following Dominic Cummings’s Barnard Castle trip. Laura landed in hot water with the press and public for seemingly defending Cummings’s actions.
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) May 29, 2020
What did Laura say about Dominic Cummings?
Laura Kuenssberg tweeted:
Source says his trip was within guidelines as Cummings went to stay with his parents so they could help with childcare while he and his wife were ill – they insist no breach of lockdown.
Following this tweet, The BBC many received complaints, enough for them to address it in a statement.
The BBC said: “As the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg’s role is to provide our audiences with an impartial analysis of key political developments, based on her knowledge and expert judgment, and she often uses social media as a tool in her day to day work.”
We don’t consider that Laura was tweeting in defence of Dominic Cummings. Laura was simply reporting information from a source, and we believe this was clearly stated in her tweet.
Where is Laura Kuenssberg?
On July 24th, 2020, Laura declared her absence from BBC News again.
She retweeted her latest piece of work about the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Laura added the comment: “Last piece of work for a while! Stay safe, keep up with @BBCNews and @BBCPolitics and see you on the other side”
Laura did not specify the reason for her absence, but in the six weeks since she’s been on our screens, it could be that Laura is on her summer break.
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) July 24, 2020