Evan Davis replaces Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight

Evan Davis

Evan Davis has been appointed as the lead presenter of Newsnight in the wake of Jeremy Paxman's departure from the show.

Davis will anchor the flagship BBC news programme three nights a week, joining the existing team of Kirsty Wark, Emily Maitlis and Laura Kuenssberg, who will all continue to present the show.

Davis takes over from Jeremy Paxman, who left the show after 25 years in June. It means Davis will leave his current post as a presenter on the Today programme on Radio 4, where he has worked since 2008.

Tv viewers will recognise Davis from his long-running stint as the presenter of BBC Two's Dragon's Den, although he previously worked as economics editor on both Newsnight and the BBC.

Newsnight editor Ian Katz said: 'Evan brings a rare combination of curiosity, intelligence and mischief to his broadcasting - just the qualities I want Newsnight to be known for. I've admired him from afar as a listener and viewer for years and I'm thrilled that he's joining us to help reinvent the show where he made his name in the '90s.'

Davis, a former IFS economist, also presents the weekly business programme The Bottom Line on Radio 4.

'I can't deny that I feel terribly sad to be leaving the Today programme,' said Davis. 'I have been there for over six years and those have been some of the most satisfying of my career. That programme is put together by remarkably few people, and I can't praise them highly enough for their professionalism and companionship.

'But at the same time, how could I turn down the offer of this role on Newsnight, treading in the footsteps of some of the best television presenters in the business? While it is a scary prospect, it will be an adventure and a challenge, and I hope the viewers will be happy with the result.'

Today will continue with its current five presenters - John Humphrys, Jim Naughtie, Sarah Montague, Mishal Husain and Justin Webb.

The programme's editor Jamie Angus added: 'No-one has done more than Evan to define the current sound of Today. All the team and our audiences will miss his endless enthusiasm and original editorial insight, and we all wish him the best in his new role at Newsnight.'

Davis joins a number of new appointments made by Katz since he was hired to revitalise Newsnight last year, including Laura Kuenssberg, policy editor Chris Cook, economics correspondent Duncan Weldon, special correspondent Katie Razzall and investigations correspondent Nick Hopkins.

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