Ques­tion Time gets a woman chair

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FIONA Bruce has been con­firmed as the new pre­sen­ter of Ques­tion Time – say­ing she is “thrilled and not a lit­tle daunted”.

The news pre­sen­ter and An­tiques Road­show host, 54, will take up her role on the BBC One show when the new se­ries re­turns on Jan­uary 10 next year.

She landed the job, re­plac­ing vet­eran pre­sen­ter David Dim­bleby, af­ter can­di­dates hosted a pilot episode of the po­lit­i­cal pro­gramme, with pan­el­lists and a live au­di­ence.

The BBC News At Six and News At Ten host said: “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.

“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.

“But it is a pro­gramme I have watched for as long as I can re­mem­ber and have long wanted to be part of. I can’t wait to get started.”

Bruce will be­come the first fe­male pre­sen­ter of the BBC One cur­rent af­fairs panel show.

Fiona Bruce will be the new pre­sen­ter of Ques­tion Time

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