Sunday Express political editor Jon Craig is to join the BBC next month as political editor of its London unit.
Craig has been at The Sunday Express since 1998 and prior to that spent six years as political editor on its daily sister paper. He has also worked on The Sunday Times, Today and as chief political correspondent for Thomson regional newspapers.
He will present the weekly BBC London political programme, MetroPol, as well as report on politics for Newsroom South East, BBC London Live 94.9 and BBC London Live Online.
According to Craig, he was attracted to the BBC by the challenge of working across TV, radio and writing online. 'After being a newspaper correspondent for nearly 20 years, it's great to have a real crack at broadcasting and the new challenges that will bring,' he said.
He replaces Shaun Ley, who moves to become BBC network political correspondent.
Craig is already a regular pundit on BBC Radio Five Live and BBC London Live 94.9, as well as Sky news.
The New Statesman last year described Craig as 'the best of the lobby hacks on TV'.
2001 will be a busy year for the London Political Unit due not only to the forthcoming general election but also, 'as the Mayor and London Assembly begin to get to grips with the big issues on which they were elected,' said BBC London executive editor Jane Mote.
Craig is the second Express Newspapers political editor to leave recently. The daily title's Anthony Bevins quit last November following the takeover of the papers by Richard Desmond.