Former Times editor James Harding has been appointed head of BBC News, replacing Helen Boaden who was in charge when the Jimmy Savile scandal erupted.
The journalist, who edited the paper for five years before leaving last year, starts in the £340,000-a-year role in August.
"James has a very impressive track record as a journalist, editor and leader," BBC director-general Tony Hall said.
"High quality journalism is at the heart of our organisation. I believe James will give News a renewed sense of purpose as it moves on from what has been an undeniably difficult chapter."
When Harding stepped down from his position at The Times in December 2012, he indicated the decision had been forced on him by publishers News International in his resignation speech.
Today James Harding announced his resignation from The Times after he told staff it was "made clear" that News Corporation wanted to appoint a new editor.
Just last week, he met with other national newspaper editors to discuss a new regulation system for the industry:
This is the full text of James Harding's address to Times staff:
James Harding, who is 43, was one of the youngest journalists ever to take charge of The Times and has been at its helm for five years. Educated at Cambridge, Mr Harding began his journalistic career at the Financial Times.
He opened their Shanghai Bureau and served as Bureau Chief in Washington before joining The Times as Business Editor.
Speaking following his resignation, Mr Harding said: "For any journalist, it is an extraordinary privilege and a point of pride to see your work appear beneath the masthead of The Times, the greatest name in newspapers in the world.
"I feel hugely honoured to have been given the opportunity to edit the paper and deeply grateful for the experience of working among the finest journalists in the world. This paper has an unrivalled history and, I am extremely confident, a long and impressive future ahead of it.”
News International and Times Newspapers Ltd have announced the resignation of James Harding as Editor of The Times. Mr Harding informed the national independent directors of The Times this morning. He will leave at the end of the month.
James Harding goes as Editor of The Times. Rupert Murdoch says: "James has been a distinguished editor and I truly hope we can work together again."
James Harding said: "I feel hugely honoured to have been given the opportunity to edit the paper."