The BBC's flagship current affairs series, Panorama, has appointed Sandy Smith as its editor.
Smith, currently editor of BBC One's consumer series Watchdog, has produced and directed current affairs programmes since joining the BBC in 1988.
He said Panorama had enjoyed a "long and illustrious career" but "still has its best years ahead of it".
Former editor Mike Robinson announced in March that he was to step down and retire from the BBC.
BBC Director of News Helen Boaden said: "Sandy has great flair in making creative television that delivers provocative, challenging and serious journalism to wide audiences.
"His energy and commitment will invigorate and refresh our most important current affairs programme."