BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine and BBC Radio 1’s Tina Daheley will host Crimewatch when it returns in the autumn.
The TV show will have a refreshed format and new look, and for the first time will be shown weekly live on BBC One across September. Each episode broadcasts live from a mobile incident studio based near the scene of a key crime featured that week. After the four weeks, the show will take a break till 2017.
Both Jeremy and Tina will continue with their radio duties – his daily phone-in on BBC Radio 2 and her reporting on Newsbeat.
Jeremy Vine says: “I grew up watching Crimewatch. It is one of the most powerful programmes the BBC has ever broadcast with the power to change and save lives, and of course, to solve crimes. To present it is a great honour and with this new format Crimewatch will be even more at the heart of the BBC One schedule.”
Tina Daheley says: “I also grew up watching Crimewatch and I feel very privileged to join a programme that’s allowed ordinary viewers to help bring criminals to justice and make our communities safer. Young people often suffer most from crime, so I’m especially keen to use my journalistic skills and experience engaging young audiences at Radio 1 to make sure they feel part of the new look show.”
Crimewatch’s Executive Editor Joe Mather says: “We’re delighted to have two absolutely first-rate live broadcasters take the helm of Crimewatch. Jeremy is the ideal presenter to lead such an important and established BBC One series. He has the perfect mix of serious journalism alongside genuine empathy towards the victims of crime and their families. Tina is an incredibly strong broadcaster and journalist, delivering daily live news to the listeners of Radio 1 as well as sports and arts coverage across the BBC.”
“Viewers will find it easier to know when the programme is on and by having Jeremy and Tina broadcast live on location we’ll be able to show more clearly than ever that Crimewatch and its viewers are at the heart of solving serious crime in the UK. Your call really could be all it takes to put an offender behind bars.”
Alison Kirkham, Controller of Factual Commissioning, added: “Crimewatch represents public service broadcasting at its best, and I’m delighted that broadcasters of the calibre of both Jeremy and Tina have joined the team.”
Following its September 2016 run, Crimewatch will return to BBC One for its next block of episodes in early 2017.