Ceri Thomas appointed new editor of Panorama

Panorama is the lynchpin of the BBC’s current affairs output and its track record is second to none in breaking big and important stories in the best traditions of investigative journalism. It is an honour to be part of that.Ceri Thomas
Date: 17.10.2014     Last updated: 17.10.2014 at 17.08
Category: BBC One; News
Ceri Thomas is to be the new editor of Panorama, BBC One’s flagship investigative programme.

He will take up the post with immediate effect.

James Harding, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said: “The editorship of Panorama is one of the most exciting and challenging jobs at the BBC and I am confident that Ceri will raise to new heights the programme’s hard earned reputation for investigative journalism. He is among the BBC’s most experienced and respected journalists and shares my ambition to increase the impact of Panorama’s story-telling.

"He has a long and impressive track record of original journalism and investigation. He was one of the most successful editors in the history of the Today programme and I am confident that he will bring the same qualities, of determination, curiosity and intellectual rigour to what I believe to be one of the most important roles in British journalism."

Ceri Thomas said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to continue to edit the BBC’s greatest investigative programme. Panorama is the lynchpin of the BBC’s current affairs output and its track record is second to none in breaking big and important stories in the best traditions of investigative journalism. It is an honour to be part of that.”

Ceri started his broadcasting career in 1989 as a producer of AM at LBC Radio. He joined the Today programme as a junior producer in 1991, progressing to Assistant Editor under Roger Mosey from 1995.

Ceri moved to Radio 5 live as Breakfast Editor and later became Head of News for the network. He spent 2004-2005 at Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow, and became editor of Today in 2006 and Head of Programmes in 2012 before moving to Panorama as acting editor earlier this year.

JH