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Robbie Gibb moves from the BBC to Downing Street

6 July 2017

3:24 PM

6 July 2017

3:24 PM

On Tuesday, Steerpike revealed that the hunt was on to find a new No 10 director of communications, with the BBC’s James Landale pipped against his Beeb comrade Robbie Gibb for the top job. After Landale dropped out of the race, the plum job has gone to Gibb, the head of live political programming at the BBC.

The BBC supremo joins No 10 as Director of Communications. While Gibb enters government at a testing time, his experienced pair of hands will no doubt be an asset to May and her team. It also marks a return to party politics for Gibb – he worked for the Tory party before joining the corporation.

But what does it mean for his former broadcast comrades? ‘Peston on Sunday are never going to get a cabinet minister ever again,’ quips Mr S’s man-at-the-BBC.

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