New roles for BBC's Maitlis and Brown

BBC London presenter Emily Maitlis is moving to BBC national news with new roles on Newsnight and BBC News 24.

Special correspondent Ben Brown will join Maitlis on the rolling news channel to co-present from 7.00 to 10.00pm.

Maitlis said: "This is a great move for me. I would have given up an arm and a leg to work at Newsnight, so I’m rather pleased I don’t have to.”

Ben Brown said: "I’m thrilled to be joining the News 24 team of presenters. The channel is riding high at the moment, and has a tremendous energy.

"I hope I can add to that with my knowledge and experience of almost 20 years of international affairs.

"I also hope to present from the field when the major stories arise."

Peter Horrocks, BBC head of television news, described Maitlis and Brown as “extremely accomplished broadcasters”.

Brown joined BBC News in 1988. He was 1991 he was appointed as the BBC’s Moscow Correspondent, where he covered the collapse of communism, and in 1998 was appointed BBC Special Correspondent.

Maitlis began her career with six years as a documentary-maker and business correspondent for NBC Asia. She joined Sky News as a business correspondent before being appointed one of the channel’s main news presenters. She joined BBC London News in September 2001

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