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Fiona Bruce confirmed to host Question Time

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Fiona Bruce has been confirmed as the new host of BBC One’s Question Time.

“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,” said Bruce.

She is known for presenting the BBC News at Six and Ten and Antiques Roadshow.

Question Time’s current host David Dimbleby will leave the show in December after 24 years.

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Fiona Bruce has worked with David Dimbleby on general election coverage, pictured here in 2005

Bruce added: “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.”

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.”

Bruce has worked at the BBC since 1990, when she began her career as a researcher on Panorama.

The 54-year-old went on to become a reporter on the programme and also on Newsnight.

Bruce also co-hosted Crimewatch on BBC One for eight years.

In 2001, she became the first female presenter to be part of the BBC’s general election studio team.

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