The Editor of the London Evening Standard is joining the BBC to oversee Radio 4’s Today programme.
Sarah Sands has been in charge of the paper for the last five years and before that was Editor of the Sunday Telegraph.
She replaces Jamie Angus, who has moved to the BBC World Service as Deputy Director.
Announcing the news before the BBC did, the owner of the Evening Standard Evgeny Lebedev said: “The London Evening Standard has been a huge success under Sarah’s editorship, and she has been a vital part of the team since this company acquired the Standard in 2009. Sarah will leave with our very best wishes for her new role.”
She told her own paper: “I am grateful to Evgeny for his support of this newspaper and guarding it against all the head winds of the industry. It has been an absolute pleasure to work for him and to be part of a first rate professional team.”
In an email to Radio 4 staff, Gavin Allen, Controller of BBC Daily News Programmes described Sarah as “an excellent, creative journalist and proven leader.”
James Harding, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said: “She will bring her familiar verve and her broad range of interests to the programme and will build on Today’s absolute commitment to critical and analytical journalism.”
Gwyneth Williams, Controller of Radio 4, said: “I want to welcome Sarah to Radio 4. She brings long experience of leadership in journalism and will add a fresh, creative approach to the biggest hitting News programme of them all. I look forward to working with her.”
Sarah Sands said: “I’ve felt very close to the Today programme for more than 40 years: every listener does. It is an honour to join the team whose journalism makes such a contribution to British life.”