CHRIS Mason will take over from Laura Kuenssberg as the BBC's new political editor.
The Yorkshireman, 41, is currently a correspondent for the Corporation in Westminster and presents Radio 4's flagship Any Questions panel show.
It is believed Mason did not originally apply for the top job but was tapped up by BBC bosses well into their open recruitment process.
Mason, who has been with the Beeb for a decade, will net around £260,000 per year for taking on the high-pressure broadcasting role.
He revealed in 2017 he was paid £60,000 for doing the "best job in the world".
Mason said: "What a tremendous privilege to take on what, for me, is the most extraordinary job in British broadcasting and journalism.
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"I clamber upon the shoulders of giants like Laura, Nick [Robinson] and Andrew [Marr] with a smattering of trepidation and a shedload of excitement and enthusiasm."
Kuenssberg is standing down as political editor after seven years to front the broadcaster's new Sunday morning interview show.
Jonathan Munro, Interim Director of BBC News, says: "Chris has been an exceptional correspondent in an extraordinary time for British politics.
"His calm, incisive analysis and signature candid style have been invaluable for audiences when navigating complex stories.
"His ambition and vision for the Political Editor role is really exciting and I wish him every success in the new post."
He will take the reins after May's local elections and also step down from presenting Any Questions this summer.
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