BBC Daily & Sunday Politics editor Robbie Gibb named as Theresa May's comms chief

Robbie Gibb, editor of the BBC's Daily & Sunday Politics show and executive editor of the broadcaster's Andrew Marr Show and This Week, has been appointed as Theresa May's new director of communications.

(Credit: Peter Richmond via Flickr)
(Credit: Peter Richmond via Flickr)

Gibb replaces Katie Perrior, who left the role in April after May called last month’s snap General Election.

Gibb announced the news on Twitter this afternoon:

Gibb has held the role of editor, live programmes, at BBC News since 2008.

This includes editor of BBC Daily and Sunday Politics, exec editor of both the Andrew Marr Show and This Week, and editor of BBC TV's Budget and Autumn Statement programmes.

He has worked at the BBC for 23 years - previously roles there include deputy editor of Newsnight from 2002 to 2008. Before joining the BBC, he was an adviser to Michael Portillo.

Since leaving Downing Street, Perrior has been openly critical of the Conservative Party's General Election campaign. She has since rejoined iNHouse Communications, the agency she co-founded, as chair.

Meanwhile, Gibb's successor at the BBC is Katy Searle, editor of BBC Political News.

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