Peter Rippon has been appointed the Editor of BBC’s Newsnight. He replaces Peter Barron, who left the BBC in the summer to become Google’s Head of Communications and Public Affairs.
BBC’s Deputy Director of News, Stephen Mitchell, said: “Peter Rippon is an outstanding editor with significant experience and a reputation for innovation with his current stable of programmes from The World At One, PM and Broadcasting House.Newsnight is one of our most important programmes and I am convinced that under Peter’s leadership its reputation will be taken to new heights.”
Commenting on his appointment, Peter Rippon said: “It’s a huge honour to be asked to lead such a creative and talented team.In an increasingly crowded news environment Newsnight brings the authority, credibility and trust that defines the BBC’s relationship with its audience.”
Peter Rippon is currently the Editor of The World At One, PM, Broadcasting House and The World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4. He is also the editor of iPM, an interactive news programme based on listener participation, and is one of the multimedia editors in BBC News. His programmes have won numerous awards including Sony Gold in 2007 for interactivity for PM.
Peter began his BBC career as a trainee reporter in 1989. He has worked at BBC World Television and in the BBC World Service newsroom. He has a Master’s degree from Southampton University in International Politics and a BA (Hons) from the University of East Anglia in Philosophy and Politics. Peter was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, and educated at Gillott’s Comprehensive School.