Nik Gowing is ending his daily work as a news anchor and presenter of BBC World News (DStv 400 / StarSat 400).
Nik Gowing is stepping down as BBC World News anchor and presenter in May and will continue with some ad-hoc presenting work for the BBC in the future.
He says he has chosen to "step back with a great sense of having contributed to achieving so much" over 18 years at BBC World News.
Nik Gowing joined BBC World News in 1996 and anchored programmes ranging from NewsDesk and World News Today to The Hub and Dateline London.
"Nik always recognised the potential for BBC World News to become a successful global channel and has played a key role in building its success," says James Stephenson, the head of news at BBC World News. "We hugely appreciate his distinguished contribution to the channel both on and off air".
"Nik has been a mainstay of BBC World News for most of its existence," says Peter Horrocks, the director of World Service Group. "His gravitas, his energy and his unrivalled contacts book have been essential parts of the channel's booming success".
"Like a few other colleagues back in the mid-nineties, I took the professional risk of joining a fledgling channel with great global potential and ambitions," says Nik Gowing.
"It was, though, one that the BBC took a long time to work out how to embrace both commercially and editorially. Now BBC World News is where I always visualised it would get to eventually. It is flying high as one of the ever more successful BBC global news platforms," says Nik Gowing.