Ceri Thomas will be the new editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Thomas is currently editor of BBC radio newsgathering and will start on Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme next month.
He takes over from Kevin Marsh who has taken up the post of editor, BBC College of Journalism. Marsh, succeeded Rod Liddle in 2002, and was in the editor’s seat when Andrew Gilligan broadcast his "sexed up" dossier claims on the programme.
Thomas said: "For my money, this is the best job in BBC daily journalism. It’s fascinating and full of challenges, and I’m very fortunate to be taking it on at a time when the programme’s in such good shape. That’s a tribute to all the work Kevin Marsh has done; I’m tremendously excited to be given the chance to build on it."
Commenting on the appointment Helen Boaden, BBC director of news, said: "Ceri Thomas in an excellent and experienced journalist with a great instinct for connecting with audiences. His flair and passion for radio make him the ideal editor for Today."
Thomas started his broadcasting career in 1989 as a producer of "AM" at LBC Radio. He then joined the Today programme as a junior producer in 1991, progressing to assistant editor under Roger Mosey from 1995.
Thomas then moved to Five Live as breakfast editor and eventually became head of news at the station. He recently spent a year at Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow and on returning has taken on the new role of radio newsgathering editor, aiming to strengthen the relationship between BBC newsgathering and radio news.