Newsreader Huw Edwards will be the lead presenter for the BBC’s 2019 election night coverage, taking over from the long-serving David Dimbleby.
Fran Unsworth, the BBC’s director of news, said he would be “the perfect presenter to have at the helm as a trusted and authoritative guide”.
Edwards said he hoped “to put his 35 years of experience to good use”.
He said his job was to guide viewers through what he called “the most important election for decades”.
“Our aim in BBC News is to provide the best possible service to voters in a very uncertain world,” he said.
Edwards will serve as lead presenter of the BBC’s election night coverage on 12 December and will be joined by Reeta Chakrabarti,