David Dimbleby to leave Question Time

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Media caption Several memorable moments from David Dimbleby’s tenure as Question Time sponsor

David Dimbleby is to keep Question Time after 25 years at the BBC’s flagship political programme.

The presenter, who will keep the show at the end of the year, stated it was “the right moment” to visit.

The 79-year-old, that has chaired the show since 1994, insisted he was “not quitting broadcasting” but planned “to go back to my first love: reporting”.

BBC director general Tony a2z Hall called him “a ti (symbol) in British broadcasting” and a “champion of the public”.

Dimbleby, who began his broadcasting profession more than 57 years ago, is the longest-serving presenter of Question Time.

In addition , he has been the particular BBC’s main presenter for all common elections since 1979, as well as the main commentator for many state occasions such as the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales , in 1997.

In 1975 he presented the particular BBC’s coverage of the first referendum in Europe, a role he recurring in 2016 for the BBC’s insurance coverage of the EU referendum.

Talking about his quarter of a century in the helm of Question Time, he or she said it had been “exhilarating following the twists and turns of British politics”.

“It has been a opportunity to work for a programme which provides voters face to face with those within power, ” he said.

The show has managed many of Britain’s most prominent political figures, as well as contributors as diverse since academic and writer Germaine Greer and BNP leader Nick Griffin.

Last year saw your pet throw out one member of the target audience after they repeatedly interrupted panel people during a Question Time edition shot in Plymouth.

He or she also revealed a less severe side, when it was reported that will at the age of 75 he had got their first tattoo, of a scorpion, in order to represent his star sign.

Image caption The show has managed politicians from across the political range, including Labour frontbencher Emily Thornberry

Paying out tribute, Lord Hall said: “David has been at the helm of Issue Time for over 25 years: a brilliant champ of the public and the audience’s buddy – getting the answers they want in the big and difficult issues of the day.

“Always a commanding determine, David has ensured Question The not only stayed relevant through the years, yet a must watch for those interested in national politics and current affairs. ”

Dimbleby’s final broadcast upon Question Time will be on thirteen December 2018 – but there is absolutely no word yet on who will change him.


Potential successors

Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark lately told Good Housekeeping magazine she’d be interested in taking over the role plus would “throw her hat within the ring” when Dimbleby stepped lower.

Other suggested opportunities include her fellow Newsnight speaker Emily Maitlis, Fiona Bruce, Ruben Humphrys and Huw Edwards.

Image caption Wark has expressed curiosity about the job

Some are calling for the program to have its first female speaker.

Labour MEGAPIXEL Liz McInnes sent her the best to Dimbleby and spoke associated with her keenness to see a woman on the helm of the show.


It is not known how much Dimbleby is paid for his role since Question Time is made by a completely independent production company, meaning his income did not appear in last year’s listing of best paid BBC stars .

Recent reports within the Telegraph speculated that he was compensated £ 450, 000 per annum from the corporation.

Question The been on air for nearly 4 decades. It was initially chaired by Robin the boy wonder Day (1979-89) and later simply by Peter Sissons (1989-93).

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