Former professional rugby league player and BBC Radio Manchester’s Kevin Fitzpatrick has been appointed BBC North West Tonight’s political editor.
Kevin, currently political reporter at BBC Radio Manchester, takes on the positon for 12 months while Nina Warhurst is seconded to BBC Network News. He’ll be a regular face on North West Tonight and will also present Sunday Politics North West on BBC One.
He’s covered politics in Greater Manchester for four years. Before that he was a reporter and producer at Radio Manchester and also worked at BBC Radio 5 live.
Kevin said: “Rugby league is a tough game with no hiding place so it’s a great training ground for the world of politics.
“It’s a fascinating time with a lot riding on the big decisions being made at the moment. It means I’ll be refereeing some lively debates on Sunday Politics as we discuss how it’s all affecting people’s lives here in the North West.
“We’ve got the new Mayors in the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester, plus all the other issues affecting Cheshire and Lancashire. And Brexit is massive for our region. Hopefully my experience on the pitch will help me when the mud starts to fly!”