Evan Davis appointed lead presenter of Newsnight

Evan brings a rare combination of curiosity, intelligence and mischief to his broadcasting - just the qualities I want Newsnight to be known for.Ian Katz, Editor, Newsnight
Date: 21.07.2014     Last updated: 21.07.2014 at 11.31
Category: BBC Two; News
Evan Davis has been appointed lead presenter of Newsnight and will anchor the show three nights a week from the autumn.

Davis, a former Economics Editor of both Newsnight and the BBC, has presented the Today programme since 2008. He joins the existing team of Kirsty Wark, Emily Maitlis and Laura Kuenssberg, who will all continue to present the show.

Editor of Newsnight 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 Nineties."

Evan Davis said: "I can't deny that I feel terribly sad to be leaving the Today programme. 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.” 

Jamie Angus, Editor of Today, said: “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 the flagship news and current affairs programme last year, including Laura Kuenssberg, Policy Editor Chris Cook, Economics Correspondent Duncan Weldon, Special Correspondent Katie Razzall and Investigations Correspondent Nick Hopkins.

Jeremy Paxman, who had presented the show for 25 years, left in June.

Newsnight has broadcast a string of exclusive interviews over the last six months including Harriet Harman, former Co Op chief Paul Flowers, Silvio Berlusconi and Hillary Clinton.

Notes to Editors

Evan Davis, a former IFS economist, also presents weekly business programme The Bottom Line on Radio 4, and Dragon's Den, on BBC Two, as well as occasional documentaries.

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

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