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BBC announces two Newsnight appointments: Katie Razzall, Olly Lambert

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The BBC has announced two new appointments for Newsnight.

Channel 4 news reporter Katie Razzall and filmmaker Olly Lambert will both join the BBC Two news and current affairs programme.

Katie Razzall at the Electoral Reform Society conference, London

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Katie Razzall


Razzall joins the team as a special correspondent and will cover a wide range of topics including religion, legal affairs and disability issues.

Newsnight editor Ian Katz said: "Katie is one of the most versatile and compelling broadcast journalists in the business. I've long admired her distinctive voice and original reporting and am thrilled that she is joining the Newsnight team."

Meanwhile, Razzall said of her new role: "I have lived and breathed Channel 4 News for 14 years, a period of time and a programme of which I am immensely proud.

"However, the opportunity to join Newsnight at such an exciting time in the show's evolution was just too good to ignore. I'm greatly looking forward to a wide-ranging brief in one of the best newsrooms in the country."

Newsnight

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Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight


The show's second signing Lambert, an award-winning documentary maker, will join the programme for three months as Newsnight's first ever Filmmaker in Residence.

He said: "I've loved making documentaries about big, current affairs subjects, so jumped at the chance to work at Newsnight, which is one of the most exciting places in television right now.

"There's too little crossover between news and documentaries and it will be fascinating to see what happens when the two worlds meet."

It was recently announced that ITV News business editor Laura Kuenssberg will join the show next month as chief correspondent.

She will also be part of the regular Newsnight presenting team alongside Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark, Gavin Esler and Emily Maitlis.

Newsnight's recent guests have included Friends star Matthew Perry, who took part in a heated discussion about drug addiction, and director Martin Scorsese, who discussed his latest movie The Wolf of Wall Street.

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