Nick Robinson to become a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme

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...I’m delighted that all these years later I am being given the chance to sit in what was his chair. Nick Robinson
Date: 09.07.2015     Last updated: 09.07.2015 at 17.07
Category: Radio 4; News
Nick Robinson is to present BBC Radio 4’s Today programme from the autumn, following ten years as the BBC’s Political Editor.

Nick replaces Jim Naughtie as part of the core presenting team on BBC Radio 4’s agenda-setting flagship news and current affairs programme, joining John Humphrys, Sarah Montague, Mishal Husain and Justin Webb. He will also report and present across television and radio for BBC News and Current Affairs.

Nick is already well known to Radio 4 listeners. In addition to his regular appearances on Today he has presented a number of notable series on the station including The Prime Ministers, Decision Time, Battle For The Airwaves and more recently Can Democracy Work?

Nick took over from Andrew Marr as the BBC’s Political Editor in September 2005. Over the last decade he has led BBC News’s coverage of British politics including two general election campaigns, the formation of the first coalition in 75 years and the referendum on Scottish independence.

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.”

Nick Robinson says: “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."

James Harding, Director of News, says: “Nick has illuminated the world of British politics for a decade, bringing scoops, insight and understanding to our audiences at an extraordinary time of change. I am delighted that he will now bring the same understanding and passion to his presenting role at Today, the programme that sets the agenda for the nation’s news every day. He joins a tremendous team and he will bring a fresh dimension to a programme that is essential listening for millions."

Gwyneth Williams, Controller Radio 4 adds: “Nick is already a regular on Today and we have come to rely on his acute political judgement and the context he sets, as he unravels the real story behind the headlines. His unique access and understanding of the way Britain works has been evident both in his news reporting and in his numerous, acclaimed Radio 4 series such as The Prime Ministers and Decision Time. I am thrilled to welcome him to the Today programme as a presenter.”

After the coverage of this week’s Budget Nick is taking some time off to complete his recovery from the surgery he had in March which successfully removed a Neuro-Endocrine Tumour from his lung. He is still undergoing a course of chemotherapy.

A new Political Editor will be appointed in due course.

Notes to Editors

The Today programme launched in October 1957 and has been BBC Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme ever since, with around seven million listeners a week. The programme started its life at Broadcasting House in central London and returned to the newly renovated Broadcasting House last November.

In the latest Rajar figures (Q1 2015) the Today programme reached a weekly audience of 7.06m.

As announced on Tuesday 7 July Jim Naughtie will become Special Correspondent for Radio 4 as well as BBC News Books Editor hosting a regular book review for the Today programme on a Saturday morning.

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