Thomas takes the top spot at Today

Former head of news at Five Live Ceri Thomas has been chosen as the next editor of BBC Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme Today.

Thomas (above), who has edited the Five Live breakfast show and is a former assistant editor of Today, has been described by an insider as "the BBC’s international man of mystery" and was an outsider for the job.

Channel Four News deputy editor Martin Fewell and former BBC One O’Clock News editor Chris Rybczynski were thought to be in the running for the Today editorship along with Thomas.

Following his role as head of news at Five Live, Thomas took a year out to go to Harvard as a Nieman fellow.

He studied the ‘social impact of declining audiences for news and participation in civic life, and the relationship between technology and news’.

Thomas is currently editor of BBC radio newsgathering, a role which insiders have said was "found for him" when he returned from the US.

He takes over next month from Kevin Marsh, appointed editor of the BBC College of Journalism.

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