Michael Crick leaves Newsnight for C4 News

Newsnight political editor Michael Crick is leaving the BBC to join Channel 4 News as political correspondent.

He fills the shoes of Cathy Newman who has been promoted to become a regular presenter of the show alongside Jon Snow and Krishnan Guru Murthy. He will work with C4 News political editor gary Gibbon.

Crick was a founding member of the Channel 4 News team when the programme launched in 1982, as Washington Correspondent. He joined the BBC in 1990, working first on Panorama and then joining Newsnight in 1992.

Channel 4 News editor Jim Gray said: 'It's thrilling to have an established, experienced name like Michael join our team. He has a remarkable track record of finding things out that people don't want unearthed. He is a formidable investigative journalist. With him in this role, and Gary continuing to lead our coverage as political editor, we have the perfect political team in place."

Crick said: 'Channel 4 News has a reputation for an in-depth, analytical and cheeky approach to politics, and I look forward to delivering exactly that. Whilst I am sad to leave Newsnight after 19 happy years, I have always admired Gary Gibbon's journalism and it's fantastic to be returning to my ITN roots to join him and the rest of the Channel 4 News team.'

The BBC's Washington Correspondent Matt Frei is set to join Channel 4 News in September, still covering the Washington brief - but also taking on some presenting duties.

Newsnight correspondent Jackie Long recently joined the programme as social affairs editor.

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