PRESENTER Jon Snow is to step down from Channel 4 News at the end of 2021 after 32 years working at the programme. 

The acclaimed journalist has spent 45 years in total at ITN and will leave Channel 4 News as the programme’s longest serving presenter.

Snow will continue to work with the channel, a statement said, fronting longer form projects and representing the broadcaster in other ways.

The 73-year-old said: “After three incredible decades on Channel 4 News, it is time to move on. I am excited by the many things I want to accomplish but I have to say I have enjoyed every minute of my time with the programme.

“It has brought me adventure, as well as sorrow in some of the stories that I have had to report and also joy in reporting others, but above all, it has brought me community in working with the most fantastic group of people who are bound in intellect, humour and understanding.

“Together, we have forged a wonderful service. I feel proud to have contributed to Channel 4 News let alone to have anchored the programme for the last 32 years. I’m looking forward to new adventures and new challenges.”

The programme's editor, Ben de Pear, said Snow had been the "driving force" of Channel 4 News for the last 30 years.

"He may be leaving us after decades on the front line of history, but his contribution will live on and undoubtedly continue elsewhere. He is a wonderful man, and it has been an honour to call Jon our friend and colleague," he added.