Fiona Bruce ‘thrilled but daunted’ to be new presenter of BBC’s Question Time
FIONA Bruce has been confirmed as the new presenter of BBC’s Question Time — saying she is “thrilled and not a little daunted”.
The news presenter and Antiques Roadshow host (54) will replace veteran presenter David Dimbleby when she takes up her role on the BBC One show when the new series returns to our screens on January 10 next year.
Bruce will become the first female presenter of the BBC One current affairs panel show, which is a TV institution.
She landed the job after candidates hosted a pilot episode of the political programme, with panellists and a live audience.
“It is an honour to be asked to take on one of the great political programmes of the BBC. Particularly at a time of such historic change for the UK and tumult at Westminster,” said the BBC news presenter.
“For many years Question Time has been presented by one of my television heroes, so I am thrilled and not a little daunted to be stepping into his shoes.” She added, however that she couldn’t wait to get started.
Dimbleby announced in June that he would be leaving the role in December, after 25 years in the presenter’s chair.
Names tipped among his possible successors had included Kirsty Wark, Emily Maitlis, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Paxman. Bruce will continue to present news bulletins regularly and will still present Antiques Roadshow and Fake Or Fortune?
Taking over: Fiona Bruce