BBC News and former Crimewatch presenter Fiona Bruce has been officially confirmed as the next host of Question Time. She succeeds David Dimbleby, who earlier this year announced he was stepping down as host after some 25 years. Fiona Bruce will take over as host on January 10th, 2019.
Bruce was selected as the new host following an extensive search. The selection process for the role included candidates each hosting a pilot episode of the programme, including panellists and a live audience. Word that she had been picked as the new host first leaked in late-November.
“The role of Question Time host has a unique place in British political life, bringing together the public and politicians every week in front of millions of viewers on BBC One”, said the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. “David has been a wonderful host for many years. Fiona’s huge experience and long-established relationship with audiences make her the ideal person to follow in his footsteps.”
“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”, Fiona Bruce said in a statement. “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.”
“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”, commented Fran Unsworth, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs. “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.”