Fiona Bruce ‘thrilled but daunted’ to be new pre­sen­ter of BBC’s Ques­tion Time

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY SHERNA NOAH

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

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