Ian Katz, deputy editor of the Guardian newspaper, has been appointed editor of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme Newsnight.
He replaces acting editor Karen O’Connor who joined the show in November 2012 after Peter Rippon left amid questions over Newsnight’s coverage of the Jimmy Savile revelations.
Katz, who joined the Guardian in 1990, has worked as a reporter and foreign correspondent. He was responsible for launching the Guardian’s first website, Guardian Unlimited, and edited G2 for eight years before becoming editor Alan Rusbridger’s number two.
Commenting on his appointment, Ian said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining a programme I’ve watched and loved all my adult life. It’s had serious and well publicised problems over the last year but I’m looking forward to working with the hugely talented team to make it once again the world’s most intelligent, sophisticated and exciting news programme.
“It’s been a huge privilege to work at the Guardian through some of the biggest stories in its modern history, and to work with Alan Rusbridger, who has taught me most of what I know about journalism.”
Katz will take over as editor of Newsnight in September. Until then, The World at One editor Jamie Angus will stand in, before moving to a new position as editor of Radio 4’s Today programme.