Nick Robinson is taking up a new post as presenter of Radio 4’s Today Programme.
After ten years as the BBC’s political editor, he will replace James Naughtie, who has been on the flagship news programme for 21 years.
It is not yet known who will succeed Robinson as political editor, but he will start presenting Today in autumn.
“I cannot remember a time when my morning did not begin with Today – the programme – setting the nation’s agenda,” Robinson said.
“As a child it was the sound not just of the latest news and the sharpest comment but also of my best friend’s dad, Brian Redhead, who inspired my love of radio.
“I’m delighted that all these years later I am being given the chance to sit in what was his chair.”
The BBC said that Robinson, who is still having chemotherapy after surgery to remove a tumour from his lung in March, will take some time off after this week’s budget coverage to complete his recovery.
James Naughtie will become a special correspondent for Radio 4 and the Today programme’s books editor.