Nick Robinson is set to replace Jim Naughtie as presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, it was revealed on Thursday.
In a tweet, BBC News’ press team revealed:
— BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) July 9, 2015
Robinson, currently the BBC’s political editor, will join John Humphrys, Sarah Montague, Mishal Husain and Justin Webb on the Today programme.
Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, says: “The BBC has been fortunate to have in Nick Robinson the most authoritative and engaging political editor at work in Westminster over the past decade. He has been tireless and inquisitive, acute and open-minded.
“He has deciphered the coded world of politics with intelligence, clarity and wit. I am delighted he will bring that exceptional mixture of journalistic rigour, sound judgment and great character to the Today programme.”
Robinson said he was “delighted to be joining the team.
He said: “I cannot remember a time when my morning did not begin with Today - the programme setting the nation’s agenda. As a child it was the sound not just of the latest news and the sharpest comment but also of my best friend’s Dad, Brian Redhead, who inspired my love of radio. Brian relished the opportunity to ‘drop a word in the nation’s ear’. I’m delighted that all these years later I am being given the chance to sit in what was his chair.
"For the past 21 years, ever since Brian’s death, Jim Naughtie has charmed and stimulated Radio 4 listeners with his unique combination of political insights, passion for the arts and brilliant front-line reporting. It’s a real honour to be chosen to succeed him.
“I will miss my privileged perch inside Parliament and outside Downing Street but after a decade as Political Editor I’m looking forward to hearing someone else’s analysis of what our politicians are up to."
Robinson replaced Andrew Marr as BBC political editor in 2005.
Many on Twitter quickly moved to congratulate him on the new post…
Congratulations to @bbcnickrobinson. An awesome Pol Ed to work with. He'll be much missed at Millbank.— Katy Searle (@KatySearle) July 9, 2015
Nick Robinson gets the #BBCR4today job - great appointment and a big move within beeb— Louise Ridley (@LouiseRidley) July 9, 2015
Speculations will now turn to Robinson’s replacement…
Laura Kuenssberg is currently the favourite among parliamentary insiders, although Kamal Ahmed was quick to congratulate Robinson...