BBC One’s Panorama has appointed Rachel Jupp as its new editor; the first woman to hold the role in 20 years.
Jupp is the second only woman to ever hold the role. The first was Glenwyn Benson, who was appointed in 1992 and ran the show for three years.
Panorama is the world’s longest-running current affairs programme. It was first broadcast in 1953, and has been presented by a number of well-known names such as David Dimbleby and Jeremy Vine.
Since 2013, Jupp has been the Deputy Editor on Newsnight, and helped contribute to explosive investigations such as into Kids Company with the website, Buzzfeed.
Before joining the BBC, Jupp was the Head of Home News at Channel 4. She had worked at Channel 4 since 2006 as a producer, deputy online editor and programme editor.
Speaking of her appointment, Jupp said, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the country’s most important investigative Current Affairs programme, at a time when good journalism has never been more necessary.”
“I’ve watched and loved Panorama all my adult life, with its impressive record of breaking big stories. I’m looking forward to working with the hugely talented team to continue and to build on that record.”
“It’s been a great privilege to work with Ian Katz and the team at Newsnight over the last three years and I’ll miss them all. The programme has gone from strength to strength, breaking important stories and providing the best analysis. I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had on Newsnight.”
James Harding, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said, “Since joining the BBC from Channel 4 three years ago, Rachel has proved to be an outstanding Deputy Editor of Newsnight, bringing investigations, insight and great film-making to the programme.”
“She is a determined, thoughtful and courageous editor who I know will ensure that Panorama remains the pre-eminent place on British television for investigations and revelatory story-telling.”
Jupp will replace Ceri Thomas, who is moving on to a role at Oxford University.
Thomas previously courted controversy as editor of Radio 4’s Today programme, when he implied that female presenters could not cope with the programme’s ‘incredibly difficult’ environment.