The BBC has announced that Evan Davis is to become the lead presenter of Newsnight.
Davis, a former Economics Editor of Newsnight, will present the show three times a week, leaving his presenting role on Radio 4’s Today programme to accommodate the appointment.
“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.” – Evan Davis
“Evans brings a rare combination of curiosity, intelligence and mischief to his broadcasting – just the qualities I want Newsnight to be known for,” adds Ian Katz, Editor of Newsnight “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.”
Davis joins a number of new appointments made by Katz since he was hired to revitalise the flagship news and current affairs programme last year. Jeremy Paxman, who had presented the show for 25 years, left in June.