Jim Naughtie’s replacement on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme is Nick Robinson.
Nick will join the team – John Humphrys, Sarah Montague, Mishal Husain and Justin Webb – from the autumn after ten years as the BBC’s Political Editor. 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 series on the station including The Prime Ministers, Decision Time, Battle For The Airwaves and more recently Can Democracy Work?
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.
Gwyneth Williams, Controller Radio 4: “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.
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.”
A new Political Editor will be appointed soon.