Ceri Thomas named Head of News Programmes

Ceri Thomas Ceri Thomas started his broadcasting career at LBC Radio

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The BBC has confirmed that Ceri Thomas has been appointed head of programmes at BBC News.

Currently the editor of Radio 4 Today, he starts his new role on Monday 18 March.

He will replace Stephen Mitchell, who handed in his resignation after the Pollard review criticised management over a dropped Newsnight report featuring allegations of child abuse against Jimmy Savile.

Thomas will oversee all major current affairs output, investigative journalism and interview programmes such as Panorama, Today and Newsnight.

His remit also covers news programmes on Radio 1, Radio 5 Live and Asian Network.

He described his new role as "an enormous privilege and a huge challenge".

"So much of the heart and soul of BBC News lives in this department. It's full of variety and ambition and endeavour.

"It's where we take risks - calculated editorial risks, but risks all the same - and it's vital that we don't stop taking them."

Helen Boaden, outgoing BBC News director, said: "Ceri brings outstanding experience of running one of our highest-profile daily current affairs programmes Today, which he has brilliantly modernised while building new relationships across the BBC."

Thomas started his broadcasting career in 1989 as a producer at LBC Radio.

He joined the Today programme as a junior producer in 1991 and rose to assistant editor in 1995.

He then moved to Radio 5 live where he was Breakfast editor and eventually head of News.

After a year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, he returned to become radio newsgathering editor.

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