Pre­sen­ter is ‘thrilled and daunted’ to be new Ques­tion Time host

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JOB SE­CURED: An­tiques Roadhsow host Fiona Bruce, 54, will take up her role as Ques­tion Time pre­sen­ter in Jan­uary next year. 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. She se­cured 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.”

Bruce will be­come the first fe­male pre­sen­ter of the BBC One cur­rent af­fairs panel show, which is a TV in­sti­tu­tion. 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 in­cluded Kirsty Wark, Emily Maitlis, Vic­to­ria Der­byshire, Nick Robinson, Jeremy Pax­man, John Humphrys and Huw Edwards. Dim­bleby first pre­sented

Ques­tion Time on Jan­uary 14, 1994, and is the show’s long­est serv­ing pre­sen­ter. Bruce will con­tinue to present the main news bul­letins and host An­tiques

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