Sandy Smith the new editor of BBC's flagship current affairs show 'Panorama'

MUMBAI: UK pubcaster the BBC has announced that Sandy Smith is the new editor of Panorama which is BBC One's flagship current affairs series.

He will take over the post in September. The appointment comes after the former Editor Mike Robinson announced in March this year that he was to step down and retire from the BBC.

Sandy has worked at the BBC since 1988. The majority of that time has been spent producing and directing programmes for the corporation's current affairs department but since August 2005, he has been editor of the BBC ONE programme Watchdog.

BBC director of news Helen Boaden said, "Sandy has great flair in making creative television that delivers provocative, challenging and serious journalism to wide audiences. His energy and commitment will invigorate and refresh our most important current affairs programme."

BBC head of current affairs George Entwistle says, "Sandy is an exciting addition to Current Affairs' strong senior editorial team. His commitment to original journalism and creative programme-making will ensure Panorama tells the biggest and most relevant stories of our time in an accessible and engaging way."

Smith said, "I am delighted to take over at Panorama which despite its long and illustrious career still has its best years ahead of it. I have enjoyed my time at Watchdog and will be very sad to part company with such a talented, young team but I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead."

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