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Former Today chief Ceri Thomas confirmed as Panorama editor

By William Turvill


Ceri Thomas has been named as the new editor of Panorama.

Thomas has been acting editor of the title since May, when Tom Giles was moved into a strategy role at the BBC.

Thomas joined the BBC in 1991 as a junior producer on the Today programme, which he went on to edit between 2006 and 2012.

After starting his broadcast career in 1989 as a producer of AM at LBC Radio, he has also been breakfast editor at Radio 5 Live and head of programmes across the corporation between Today and Panorama.

Thomas said: “Panorama is the lynchpin of the BBC’s current affairs output and its track record is second to none in breaking big and important stories in the best traditions of investigative journalism. It is an honour to be part of that.”

James Harding, director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said: “The editorship of Panorama is one of the most exciting and challenging jobs at the BBC and I am confident that Ceri will raise to new heights the programme’s hard earned reputation for investigative journalism. He is among the BBC’s most experienced and respected journalists and shares my ambition to increase the impact of Panorama’s story-telling.

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"He has a long and impressive track record of original journalism and investigation. He was one of the most successful editors in the history of the Today programme and I am confident that he will bring the same qualities, of determination, curiosity and intellectual rigour to what I believe to be one of the most important roles in British journalism."

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