BROADCASTER Huw Edwards, 59, is best known for presenting the 10 o’clock news for the BBC since 1999. 

During a special interview with Radio Cymru, Carmarthenshire-raised journalist Huw said that he found the nightly news “taxing” and believed it was “fair” viewers and ambitious colleagues have a change of presenters. 

He told broadcaster Dewi Llwyd that his view was “perfectly natural”. 

With his 60th birthday soon approaching, Huw has decided this is the best time to consider his future at the BBC. 

“Now that a big milestone is here, which is 60-years-old, it’s natural for a man to think ‘Am I going to continue in this job for another five years, or do I want to do something different?’

“The nightly news business, after 20 years, that can be taxing, even though I still enjoy the job,” he told Dewi Llwyd on Sunday.

“But I don’t think I’ll be doing that for long. Because I believe that, in the first place, I think it’s fair for the viewers to get a change.”

However, he also said that he was “a natural broadcaster” and would not be giving up. He is still enjoying his time as a broadcaster, and is only thinking about the working patterns of the future. 

Huw Edwards

Previously, Huw has suggested that he will quit BBC News when his contract expires in 2023. In 2019, Huw said: “By that time I’ll have done it for 20 years. That’s quite a long stint, and nobody’s done it for anything like that.

“A bit of me thinks it’ll be quite nice to get some evenings back, even if I’m 60.”

He is the BBC’s best paid journalist, making around £490,000. However, on Radio Cymru, he voiced his concerns around what he described as the BBC’s “clumsy” handling of the decision to publish the salaries of staff who earn £150,000 or more per year. 

Huw said it had been “very tedious” for him.

“It has angered me, to be honest,

“Not because I’m embarrassed about pay, especially because I took a huge cut years ago anyway.

“I don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for me. But if you do get a huge pay cut, it’s certainly going to affect you, your psychology, and your attitude towards the work.

“Especially if you see co-workers getting large pay rises and you don’t quite understand why.”

He said he did not accept that people had a licence to “stick their nose in other people’s business”.

Huw announces twitter handle change

Huw has also admitted that his job keeps him away from his wife Vicky Flind and their five children, the youngest of whom was born in 2003. 

Speaking to the Radio Times, he explained “She’s known nothing but me not being there, Monday-Thursday in the evening. It’s a bizarre thing, isn’t it, really?

“They’ve just accepted that I’m away lots and that I’m never there in the evening, which, especially when they’re quite young, is quite a big thing.”

Despite previously claiming to not leave until 2023, on Aug 9 Huw reportedly dropped the BBC from his twitter handle, changing it from ‘@HuwBBC’ to ‘@TheHuwEdwards’. 

He announced the change on social media writing: “Subtle new @twitter handle and Mot approves” suggesting that his time at the BBC will be ending much sooner than originally planned.