The BBC has announced that James Naughtie is leaving as host of the Today programme on Radio 4 after 21 years.
Naughtie has been a familiar voice on the Today programme which he joined in 1994 following the death of Brian Redhead. In January 2016 he will become a Special Correspondent and be reporting on the Holyrood Elections in Scotland as well as the French and American Presidential Elections.
As well as becoming Special Correspondent, James will also become BBC News Books Editor and will continue to make appearances on the Today programme as a roving reporter. On the Saturday edition he will present a book review.
Speaking about his new appointment, James said that he was moving from “one dream job to another” and that after 21 years he no longer needs to wake up at 3am.
“I am excited at the prospect of Jim, unleashed, as inquisitor and reporter, critic and twinkling enthusiast across the Radio 4 airwaves for years to come.” – Director of BBC News, James Harding
Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall, added that he is “delighted” James will continue to be at the core of BBC Radio 4 in his new role.