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Fiona Bruce confirmed as David Dimbleby’s replacement on Question Time

After weeks of speculation, Fiona Bruce has been confirmed as the new presenter of Question Time from next month.

The BBC stalwart will take over from veteran presenter David Dimbleby, saying she is ‘thrilled and not a little bit daunted.’

The news presenter, 54, beat a host of other candidates after hosting a pilot episode of the political programme, with panellists and a live audience.

Fiona Bruce will take over as host of Question Time next month (Picture: Rex)

The BBC News At Six and News At Ten host said: ‘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.

‘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.

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‘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.’

Bruce will take up the post on January 10 next year and will also continue to present Antiques Roadshow.

Reports that she was the frontrunner surfaced two weeks ago with BBC sources saying they wanted to give the show a ‘softer feel.’

Names tipped as other possible successors to Dimbleby included Kirsty Wark, Emily Maitlis, Victoria Derbyshire, Nick Robinson, Jeremy Paxman, John Humphrys and Huw Edwards.

Fiona will take over from David Dimbleby as host of Question Time (Picture: Rex)

Dimbleby first presented Question Time on January 14 1994 and is the longest serving presenter of the show.

He beat rival Jeremy Paxman after each had to endure a gruelling audition for the role.

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The debate programme was previously hosted by Peter Sissons and its first host Sir Robin Day.

Director of BBC News and Current Affairs Fran Unsworth said: ‘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.

‘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.’

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