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Updated: Sunday 9 October 2005

Peter Snow steps down from BBC Election coverage

The BBC has announced that Peter Snow is stepping down from his role on the BBC’s election coverage after 25 years.

Snow held talks with the BBC and following these discussions both parties decided that the time was right for him to leave the role.

Snow has become famous for his broadcasts during election nights. His enthusiastic use of the swingometer and computer graphics made him an essential requirement during any election coverage.

Peter has presented a number of other programmes for the BBC including Newsnight and Tomorrow’s World.

The BBC’s Director of News, Helen Boaden, said: “Peter has brought tremendous presence, energy and engagement to the last nine general elections and a formidable understanding of the story.

“We are delighted that he will continue to charm, educate and entertain audiences on BBC television and radio and send him our warmest best wishes for his future plans.”

Peter Snow said: “The BBC