FIONA BRUCE has been announced as the new presenter of BBC’s Question Time.
The news broadcaster, who has worked for the BBC for 25 years, will make her debut when the new series begins on January 10.
She had been seen as the frontrunner for the role since it was announced that David Dimbleby would be stepping down from hosting the programme, which sees audience members quiz a panel of experts and politicians.
He had been at the helm since 1994.
Bruce, who also presents Antiques Roadshow, 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.”
We are delighted to welcome Fiona Bruce as the new presenter of Question Time.
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) December 7, 2018
Fran Unsworth, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said: “Question Time is one of our flagship political programmes, giving people across Britain the chance to hold the powerful to account. David Dimbleby has done an extraordinary job as chair over the last 25 years.
“David is a tough act to follow, but Fiona impressed us all – with her authority, warmth, and ability to connect with the audience and champion their concerns. We’re delighted to have her at the helm.”
The BBC said that the selection process for the role included candidates each hosting a pilot episode of the programme, including panellists and a live audience.