Ten O’Clock News presenter Huw Edwards will front a one-hour slot on BBC News 24 beginning in April, the BBC confirmed today.
As part of a new five-year deal the presenter has signed with the Corporation, Edwards will continue to present the flagship news bulletin on BBC One and will also be seen on BBC News 24 between 5pm and 6pm beginning on 10 April.
On the same day, the BBC will also begin simulcasting its one o’clock and six o’clock bulletins on BBC News 24. The Ten O’Clock News has been simulcast on the rolling news channel since January.
Edwards is one of three high-profile presenters being brought on board as part of plan by the Corporation’s strategy to make the rolling news channel the centre of BBC News. He joins Emily Maitlis and Ben Brown, who will co-anchor a slot between 7pm and 10pm.
Edwards’ slot on BBC News 24 will focus on breaking news but will also feature high-profile interviews and discussion of the day’s events, the Corporation says.
As part of the ratings battle with Sky News, Peter Horricks, the BBC’s head of television news, wants to build BBC News 24’s reputation for breaking news.
Edwards, 44, joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1984. He has been presenting the Ten O’clock News since January 2003. Prior to this, he presented the BBC’s Six O’clock News and was formerly Chief Political Correspondent for BBC News 24.