Sarah Sands has been confirmed as the new Editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme
Sarah, 55, will replace Jamie Angus, who was recently revealed as the new deputy director of the BBC World Service.
She will step down as Editor of the Evening Standard newspaper, a role she has held for five years.
In an official statement from the BBC, Sarah said: "I've felt very close to the Today programme for more than 40 years: every listener does. It is an honour to join the team whose journalism makes such a contribution to british life."
Sarah Sands and George Osborne at a London Evening Standard event
Sarah will step down from her position as Editor of the London Evening Standard to move to the BBC.
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She is set to become the second women to edit the programme, following in the footsteps of Dame Jenny Abramsky, who now chairs the UK's National Heritage Memorial Fund, working to preserve outstanding parts of British heritage.
Ex-editor of Today Roy Liddle now writes for The Sun and Sunday Times and said that Sarah was a "terrific choice".
"The outside viewpoint is crucial," he said. "Especially at a time when politics has moved in a direction that the BBC has neither anticipated nor welcomed. Sarah's right-ish, and comes with a strong journalist background in print, which is where the best journalist is."
Her appointment as Editor of the Today programme has received some criticism, with listeners taking to Twitter to voice their opinions.
Sarah's appointment has received some backlash on Twitter
Fans of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme took to Twitter to have their say
One person commented that they were "appalled," saying: "Her policy memo at the Telegraph 'play on people's fears… stop just short of distortion'."
Another said: "Sarah Sands who as editor of Evening Standard excused Goldsmith's anti-Muslim slurs against Khan is to be editor of Today programme, depressing."
During her time as Editor of the Evening Standard, Sarah, who has previously held positions at the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, the newspaper backed the Conservatives' for the 2015 election as well as supporting Zac Goldsmith in his campaign for Major of London against Sadiq Khan.