BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme presenter Evan Davis is leaving the station to become the new host of BBC 2’s Newsnight.
Evan will be the lead presenter of Newsnight and will anchor the show three nights a week from the autumn and replaces Jeremy Paxman who left in June.
Evan is 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.”
I didn't believe it when I read about it in the papers but now it's official. I'll be leaving @BBCr4today and heading off to Newsnight.
— Evan Davis (@EvanHD) July 21, 2014