BBC Northern Ireland has announced four of its “leading journalists” are to take voluntary redundancy.
According to the BBC, political editor Mark Devenport, senior journalists Maggie Taggart and Mervyn Jess and investigations correspondent Kevin Magee resigned voluntarily.
It comes as part of the news stations’ “trawl for voluntary redundancy” which took place in June and the four journalists decided to leave as part of that process.
The group of journalists have been part of the BBC for a number of decades and broken and covered many high-profile stories, including reports of “the troubles”, a three-decade conflict in the state between political unionists and nationalists.
Adam Smyth head of BBC NI is reported to have said: “Mark, Kevin, Maggie and Mervyn have reported on, investigated and uncovered countless significant stories in the public interest with the utmost diligence, tenacity, expertise and impartiality.
“They are embedded in the fabric of the BBC News NI newsroom and BBC Northern Ireland as a whole and the professionalism and dedication they have given to their craft has been beyond inspiring.”
He added: “While we will miss them as respected colleagues, mentors and, most of all, friends, we are happy for them and wish them every success and happiness in the future.”