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Sandi Toksvig takes over as QI host on TV

Former BBC Radio 4 presenter Sandi Toksvig is to replace Stephen Fry as host of television panel show QI.

“QI is my favourite television programme both to watch and to be on, so this is absolutely my dream job. (My Nordic background also makes me keen to spend time with the Elves,)” Sandi said.

Sandi was at the helm of Radio 4’s New Quiz for 28 series before leaving in June this year.

“Stephen has been utterly brilliant with the first half of the alphabet. Now I look forward to picking up the baton, mixing my metaphors and sailing towards the Land of Nod (ie Z). Who knows what lies ahead? It should all be quite interesting,” she added.

Last year Sandi was awarded an OBE for Services to Broadcasting in the New Year’s Honours List and was inducted to the Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame. She first appeared as a panellist in 1992 on the Radio 4 show, when the programme was chaired by Barry Took.

QI creator John Lloyd comments: “Stephen’s departure is the end of an era. It’s been a thoroughly delightful experience. After more than 40 years in broadcasting, QI has been by far the most enjoyable show it has been my privilege to produce, and Stephen has been its big, beating heart. Though we are all very sad he’s decided to move on, I am confident that we have found the perfect person to occupy his gigantic shoes. Sandi will be the first female host of a mainstream comedy panel show on British television – an appointment that is well overdue.”

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