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Laura Kuenssberg New BBC Political Editor? Top Boss Hastily Deletes Tweet Announcing Appointment

22/07/2015 17:17 BST | Updated 22/07/2015 19:59 BST

The BBC has been involved in another embarrassing Twitter gaffe after a top boss announced Laura Kuenssberg would replace Nick Robinson as the corporation's political editor - before swiftly deleting the tweet.

Jonathan Munro, Head of Newsgathering, broke the news that the Newsnight presenter would enter the role, which is soon to become available when Robinson moves to Radio 4's flagship Today programme in autumn.

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Laura Kuenssberg

But just moments after the announcement, the tweet was deleted.

The backtrack did not go unnoticed:

Kuenssberg is currently chief correspondent and presenter on Newsnight and was tipped as front-runner for the role.

People were quick to congratulate Kuenssberg:

Nearly three hours after the ill-timed tweet, BBC officially announced the appointment.

Kuenssberg thanked people for their messages of support.

This is not the first time the BBC has been involved in an embarrassing Twitter gaffe.

Last month, BBC reporter Ahmen Khawaja tweeted that the Queen had died.

The journalist quickly tried to backtrack, deleting tweets and claiming that she had been pranked after she left her phone at home. The corporation launched an investigation into the incident.

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