Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear insisted that while “wonderful” Mr Snow “may be leaving us after decades on the front line of history” his contribution will “live on and undoubtedly continue elsewhere”.
As well as being a fixture in the nightly programme’s London studio, the job has taken him around the world to report on stories including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela and the inauguration of Barack Obama.
The programme has won 10 Bafta TV awards during his tenure, while Mr Snow received Bafta’s Richard Dimbleby Award for the best factual contribution to television in 2005, and the Bafta Fellowship – the organisation’s highest accolade – in 2015.
His time at Channel 4 News did not come without controversy, though.
In 2017, his bosses reportedly warned Mr Snow about his conduct, after he was accused of shouting “f*** the Tories” while dancing with a group of students at Glastonbury Festival.
Mr Snow did not deny making the allegation but instead claimed he had zero recollection of shouting the chant, noting he took over 1,000 selfies in the space of just a day at the Somerset festival.
In a statement, the journalist said: “After a day at Glastonbury, I can honestly say I have no recollection of what was chanted, sung or who I took over 1,000 selfies with.”
An image of the 69-year-old posing with a group of festival-goers from universities in Liverpool was shared by Danny Millea on Twitter.
He wrote: “Boss place that Glasto. Having a dance with Jon Snow and hearing him shout f*** the Tories is what dreams are made of.”
Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s former chief creative officer, said: “I can’t think of a more Channel 4 story than having a man approaching his 70th birthday partying at Glastonbury.
“But we are fully aware and deeply committed to our responsibilities in that area.”
He said: “It is a clear example of political bias, and is completely unacceptable for a publicly-owned, public service broadcaster to be so blatantly partisan.
“How could he possibly interview a Conservative politician after that outburst? It’s disgraceful.
“He should do the decent thing and resign.
“If not, he should be sacked, of course.”