BBC set to confirm Antiques Roadshow host as David Dimbleby’s successor

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The BBC is set to confirm Fiona Bruce as the next Question Time chair.

The Antiques Roadshow host will take over from long-running presenter David Dimbleby, who is due to step down early next year after 25 years.

Bruce elbowed out competition from the likes of Mishal Hussain, Victoria Derbyshire and Kirsty Wark after a series of off-air pilots took place over the summer.

Bruce, who earned between £180,000-£190,000 for her work as a BBC newsreader last year, will become the first female host of Mentorn’s show and only the fourth to take charge since it was launched in 1972.

Bruce has worked in a variety of news presenter roles since joining the corporation in the late-1980s and has hosted the Ten O’Clock News since the mid-noughties.

In 2001, she also became the first female presenter to be part of a General Election results programme. Bruce has fronted Antiques Roadshow since 2008.

The BBC did not comment.