Fiona Bruce is to switch David Dimbleby and grow to be the primary feminine presenter of Query Time.
The presenter, who hosts Information at Six, Information at Ten and the Antiques Roadshow, landed the job after internet hosting a pilot episode with panellists and a dwell viewers.
She is going to begin her new function on 10 January subsequent yr because the present – which pits a panel of political figures in opposition to questions from a dwell viewers – begins its subsequent sequence.
“For a few years Query Time has been introduced by one in all my tv heroes so I’m thrilled and never a bit of daunted to be entering into his sneakers,” she mentioned.
“However it’s a programme I’ve watched for so long as I can keep in mind and have lengthy wished to be a part of. I am unable to wait to get began.”
Dimbleby, who has been presenting Query Time since 1994, introduced that he could be leaving the function in June.
The 80-year-old weathered controversy as a bunch, together with when Query Time gave a platform to the then-BNP chief Nick Griffin.
He stays a number one commentator for the BBC, main the channel’s protection typically elections and main breaking information occasions such because the dying of Princess Diana.
Fran Unsworth, director of the BBC’s information and present affairs, mentioned Dimbleby had executed an “extraordinary job as chair” previously 25 years.
“David is a troublesome act to comply with, however Fiona impressed us all – along with her authority, heat, and talent to attach with the viewers and champion their issues. We’re delighted to have her on the helm,” she mentioned.