Sarah Sands to step down as editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme

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by David Prior

Sarah Sands has announced she is to step down as editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme after three years in the job.

The news comes just a day after the corporation revealed it would be cutting 450 jobs from its News division as it looks to save £80m by 2022.

Although Today was not specifically mentioned as being part of the cuts, Sands said it was "a good time to move on" and will work a six-month notice period.

She said: “I have decided that September is a good time to move on and pass this job to someone else. I loved Radio 4 as a listener, I loved it even more as a member of the team. But I come from a different world and I was never going to be a lifer.

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"I am so proud of what we have achieved, championing intelligent broadcasting and political independence, under constant pressure.

“I have witnessed not only extraordinary professionalism and quick-witted determination here but also a heart-warming consideration towards one another. The Today programme is a beacon of news journalism. It was, is, will always be, the most precious programme at the BBC.”

Sands took over the job in 2017 having previously edited the Evening Standard, where she was replaced by George Osborne, the former Chancellor.