Former BBC Radio 5 live presenter Victoria Derbyshire is joining BBC News channel to front a daily news and current affairs programme.
Victoria will be moving to the BBC News Channel after 16 years on BBC Radio 5 live to develop a television programme that will ‘feature exclusive interviews, agenda-setting discussion and audience debates – as well as the latest breaking and developing news’.
She started in local radio, joining BBC Radio 5 live in 1998 and in 2009 became the first presenter to broadcast a programme from Zimbabwe since the ban on foreign journalists reporting from the country.
Victoria said: “This is the TV programme I’ve always wanted to make. It will include the kind of broadcasting I love doing – original journalism, stories that affect the lives of our audience, exclusive interviews, viewer debates and big breaking news. It’s been a privilege to be able to build up such a strong relationship with the 5 live listeners over the last 16 years and I hope to be able to do the same with audiences in our new venture.”
Victoria has won a number of awards including multiple Radio Academy and Sony Gold awards, and she is the Radio Academy’s ‘Speech Broadcaster of the Year’ for 2014. Other awards include the Association of International Broadcasters, Amnesty, Mind, the Nick Clarke Award and the BBC’s Audio and Music Awards.
James Harding, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said: “Victoria has rightly won many awards for her ability to find the stories that matter in the lives of people in this country. We are very excited to bring her range of interests, determination to get to the bottom of the story, and her capacity to surprise, to a television audience.”
Sam Taylor, Controller of the BBC News Channel, added: “I’m really pleased Victoria is joining Britain’s most watched news channel, bringing her passion and nose for a story to the nine million viewers who watch us every week. Victoria’s reputation for news-making interviews and powerful human stories is second to none.