The BBC's former media correspondent Nick Higham is to present a new nightly analysis slot on BBC News 24 as part of the channel's revamp which goes live on Monday (1 December).

The BBC's former media correspondent Nick Higham is to present a new nightly analysis slot on BBC News 24 as part of the channel's revamp which goes live on Monday (1 December).

Higham, who left his media brief earlier this month after stating he was "under-employed", will become the channel's "chief analyst", fronting the thrice daily Nick Higham's Fact File, in which he will explain in more detail the major story of the day.

"It will look at where the facts are in the story and it will encourage people to ask questions more," said BBC head of television news Roger Mosey.

The move is part of a bid to inject more analysis into the channel following the Lambert report into its workings last year.

Other changes include making more use of the BBC's network of 1,200 regional journalists and the breaking of more local stories.

A new set - designed by Simon Jaygo who also worked on Five and Channel 4's new looks as well as ITV's upcoming revamp - will feature three zones with state-of-the-art digital projection screens and space for presenters to move around. One of the zones will be used to present breaking news while viewers will be alerted by new graphics and sounds.

Mosey said the revamp would update the channel - which costs around£50m a year - although it would keep its more upmarket feel. "We want to be the best recognised and the best quality news channel in the UK," he said.

News 24 currently pulls in a weekly reach of 4.2 million multichannel viewers compared with 4.8 million for Sky News and 2.3 million for the ITV News Channel. In the report - ordered by media secretary Tessa Jowell - former Financial Timeseditor Richard Lambert called on the channel to give more time to foreign stories, make more use of its regional resources and break more news.