Ceri Thomas has been appointed the new editor of Today, BBC Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs programme.
Ceri Thomas said his new role was "fascinating and full of challenges"
Currently radio newsgathering editor at the BBC, he takes over from Kevin Marsh who is leaving the show to head up the corporation's college of journalism.
"For my money, this is the best job in BBC daily journalism," said Mr Thomas.
Helen Boaden, BBC director of news, described him as "an experienced journalist with a great instinct for connecting with audiences".
"His flair and passion for radio make him the ideal editor for Today."
Ceri Thomas began 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 from 1995.
He subsequently became breakfast editor at Radio Five Live, eventually becoming head of news at the station.
He recently spent a year at Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow in Journalism.
Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer said he was "thrilled" with the appointment.
"His track record and creative instinct will build on the excellent legacy of Kevin Marsh," he added.