oakley_12-30.jpgCNN’s European political editor Robin Oakley (pictured) is retiring from the network and a source confirms correspondent Alphonso Van Marsh is leaving CNN as well. Both are based out of CNN’s London bureau.

Oakley, 67, has been with CNN since 2000. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services to political journalism in 2001. He was previously chief political editor at BBC for eight years. He will continue to write a horseracing column in The Spectator newspaper.

“I hope to pop up in the future with an occasional contribution, because I shall miss the buzz of daily contact with so many dedicated, professional and truly internationally-minded friends,” writes Oakley in a memo to the staff, obtained by TVNewser.

Van Marsh joined CNN in 1995 as a freelance correspondent and producer.

Click continued to see the full memo from Oakley and a note about his departure from Tony Maddox, EVP and managing director of CNN International…

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