Radio 2's Vine to present BBC1 Panorama

The host of Radio 2's daily discussion show, Jeremy Vine, has been announced as the new presenter of BBC1's Panorama when the show moves to a peak-time slot in the New Year.

Vine — a former BBC Lobby correspondent and Newsnight presenter — hosts the Radio 2 lunchtime show, covering a broad range of topical issues.

His work on the programme won him gold at last year's Sony awards — one of the radio industry's most prestigious awards ceremony — for speech broadcaster of the year.

Vine's appointment to Panorama will coincide with the flagship current affairs show's move back to a peak-time slot in the New Year.

After more than six years on BBC1's Sunday late-night schedule, the long-running programme — which marked its 53rd anniversary last weekend — will now air on Monday evenings at 8.30pm.

A total of 48 half-hour episodes are planned for 2007, plus four one-hour specials.

On top of his Panorama and Radio 2 roles, Vine has also been chosen by BBC News to inherit the swingometer from Peter Snow for the coverage of the next general election.

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