Tim Weber's last role was business and technology editor for BBC News Interactive
Tim Weber, who helped launch the BBC News website, is to leave the corporation after more than 20 years.
Weber will leave the BBC in June after most recently serving
as business and technology editor for BBC News Interactive.
News of his departure was met with surprise and plaudits from senior newsroom figures, including business editor Robert Peston and economics editor Stephanie Flanders.
"I am sure I speak for all of us when I say that Tim's departure is a great loss to the BBC and the unit. He has rare and valuable skills – and is a tremendously supportive colleague. I will miss him greatly," said Peston in an email to the newsroom.
Steve Herrmann, editor of BBC News Online, added: "Tim was one of the original News Online launch team and there can be few more experienced people in the online news business.
"He's done an amazing job with the business section over the years, and his more recent adoption of the technology index has allowed him to tap into his considerable tech expertise (and his geek credentials, which I know he is proud of!). Tim's been a great colleague and member of the online team, and we'll miss him."
Weber was one of the three remaining employees at the BBC to have helped launch the corporation's news website in 1997. He joined in 1991 as a producer with its German service before climbing the ranks to become output editor of Europe Today and Newshour on the World Service.