Fiona Bruce will become the first female presenter of the current affairs panel show
Fiona Bruce is the new Question Time presenter, the BBC confirmed today.
The 54-year-old newsreader, who will start the role on January 10, was offered the job last month and has now ironed out her contract with the Corporation.
She will replace veteran presenter David Dimbleby, who announced in June that he would be leaving the role this month, after 25 years in the presenter’s chair.
Bruce will become the first female host in the current affair show’s history after BBC bosses including director general Tony Hall and director of news Fran Unsworth signed off the appointment.
The Antiques Roadshow presenter was one of six contenders who were put through their paces by a cross-party panel of MPs and journalists in front of an audience at a South London school.
She was originally considered a long shot, but after an ‘outstanding’ audition she beat off competition from the likes of Kirsty Wark and Emily Maitlis.
David Dimbleby, who is 80, announced in June that he would be leaving the role this month
Bruce will take over the flagship show after 80-year-old Dimbleby presents his final episode next Thursday. He has said he wants to return to his ‘first love’, reporting.
Names tipped among his possible successors had included Victoria Derbyshire, Nick Robinson, Jeremy Paxman, John Humphrys and Huw Edwards.
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