David Dimbleby Announces He’s Leaving Question Time After 25 Years:
David Dimbleby has announced that he’s leaving Question Time after 25 years.
After fronting the heated BBC political programme for a quater of a century, Dimbleby said that it felt like “the right moment to leave” and confirmed that he would be stepping down as chair of the series later this year.
The 79-year-old confirmed that his exit from the Thursday night show doesn’t mean that he’s “giving up broadcasting” and said that he planned to “return to my first love” which is reporting,
“At the end of the year I will have been chairing Question Time for a quarter of a century and I have decided that this is the right moment to leave,” David explained.
“It has been a privilege to work for a programme which brings voters face to face with those in power. I am grateful to the production teams and to the BBC who have made this possible.
“It has been exhilarating following the twists and turns of British politics from John Major in 1994, through the Blair and Brown years to Cameron and May. I am not giving up broadcasting. Instead, after years in the studio, I now plan to return to my first love: reporting.
The BBC’s director general Tony Hall praised Dimbleby’s contribution to Question Time, saying: “David has been at the helm of Question Time for over 25 years: a brilliant champion of the public and the audiences’ ‘friend’ getting the answers they want on the big and difficult issues of the day
David’s last episode as chair of Question Time will air on December 13, 2018 on BBC One.