Kirsty Wark has emerged as favourite to replace David Dimbleby on Question Time after he confirmed his departure from the programme.

Dimbleby has fronted the political debate show for 25-years but he has decided he will be leaving at the end of 2018.

Now Bookmakers have compiled their list of favourites and Newsnight’s Wark has emerged as the front-runner, ahead of the likes of BBC news anchor Huw Edwards, and political journalist Nick Robinson.

“This is a job that has not been available for over a life time, but under Dimbley’s stewardship it has developed into a BBC institution,” said OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton.

“Now it is fair to see a scramble is set to take place, but Wark is hugely respected and it is easy to see why she is favourite.”

Selected odds on next Question Time host:
4/1 Kirsty Wark
4/1 Huw Edwards
7/1 Nick Robinson
8/1 Jeremy Paxman
12/1 Evan Davis
12/1 John Humphrys
14/1 Victoria Derbyshire
16/1 Emily Maitlis
16/1 Laura Kuenssberg
25/1 Andrew Marr
25/1 Andrew Neil