BBC-Radio-4BBC weekend news presenter Mishal Husain is to join Radio 4’s Today programme.

Husain will join Today regulars John Humphrys, James Naughtie, Sarah Montague, Evan Davis and Justin Webb this autumn. The Today programme first began in 1957 and often sets the news agenda for the day.

“I have long been an admirer of Today and am delighted to have the opportunity to join the team. The programme has unparalleled influence across BBC News and on our national conversation and I am looking forward to being part of it.” – Mishal Husain

BBC director general Tony Hall said Mishal is a “first rate journalist who will be an excellent addition” to the programme.

The upcoming Scottish referendum, which takes place in 2014, will see James Naughtie take up further roles across BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland. His enhanced role will see him become chief reporter on Radio 4 and hosting Good Morning Scotland for two days a week. Naughtie will go back to the Today programme full time for the 2015 General Election.

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