ITV's Daisy McAndrew now economy expert

ITV's chief  political  reporter Daisy McAndrew has switched roles to become economics editor.

The decision comes as Britain faces a recession and smack bang in the middle of a credit crunch, and ITV believe McAndrew is well equipped to inform viewers of all that is going in the economy.

According to ITV, she will front business and economic stories on the popular ITV News at Ten, which returned with a fresh look a few months ago.

McAndrew, who formerly presented the BBCs Daily Politics programme with  Andrew Neil, was embroiled in controversy for alleging to have dished the dirt on Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy's drink problem a couple of years ago.

Writing on journalism.co.uk, David Mannion, editor-in-chief for ITV News, said: "Daisy is a top class journalist who will bring great credibility and authority to our coverage of the economy. I am delighted she will be taking over this highly important brief."