The BBC’s Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg, is said to have had enough, and no wonder after covering the events of the last five years. Laura K deserves an award, perhaps even a damehood, for putting up with a volume of deranged criticism and conspiracy theory rubbish that would have made lesser hacks resign ages ago.

The rumour is she will join her predecessor, Nick Robinson, at the Today Programme.

Before Kuenssberg even had a chance to deny or confirm the rumours, speculation over her replacement is already out there.

Here are Reaction’s odds on one of the most prestigious titles in journalism.

John Sopel (6/4)

The departing North America Editor – who was linked to the job in 2015 – is the favourite to succeed Kuenssberg. The 62-year-old knows Westminster, having previously worked as Chief Political Correspondent. He recently tweeted that he will be “planning a long break”. Something bigger in the works?

Faisal Islam (4/1)

Faisal Islam has already worked as a political editor, at Sky News (remember his interview with David Cameron during the Brexit referendum?). Islam seems to be enjoying his brief as Economics Editor and no doubt has plenty to work with other the next few years, as Britain recovers from the pandemic. Sensible choice if he did move back into the lobby though.

Lewis Goodall (10/1)

He may only be 32, but Lewis Goodall has made quite a reputation in political reporting. Policy Editor at Newsnight, Goodall was previously Sky’s political correspondent and has a good grasp on the Labour party. That he has less experience than other candidates may stand against him, and he is (checks notes) marmite.

Emily Maitlis (15/1)

Emily Maitlis, Newsnight presenter, is a Beeb star. But she has never been on the pure politics beat. And her appointment would drive the Tories mad. So not not going to happen as the Beeb is in a “try not annoy the government too much” mode.

Paul Dacre (25-1)

The former Daily Mail Editor and Fleet Street legend has been keen to get into broadcasting. Number 10 wants him to be chairman of Ofcom, to shift the balance of broadcasting away from the left. It is proving difficult to get the appointment through. So, if that’s not working out, how about a move to BBC political editor? Dacre has forthright opinions and a good eye for a headline. The technicians would have to introduce a longer time delay on live broadcasts before the watershed, to ensure no unfortunate outrages, making two way interviews for the six o’clock news difficult.

The Hairy Bikers (75-1)

Job shares are fashionable; the government says it is keen to encourage northerners; and everyone loves cookery shows. Why not combine the three? Appointing the cooking Geordies to interpret the goings on at Westminster would spice things up. They have their own transport too, creating scope for savings in the coverage of summits and by-elections.

Alastair Campbell (250-1)

The veteran Labour spin doctor has very strong views on the BBC, and on everything, having tangled with the corporation in the aftermath of the Iraq War. His appointment may raise impartiality concerns.

Other contenders include Ben Brown, main presenter on BBC News, Amol Rajan, former Independent Editor and now Radio 4 presenter, and James “smooth” Landale, Diplomatic Correspondent, a journalist who actually knows what he’s talking about.