Victoria Derbyshire is a well established journalist and BBC topical news presenter. First working for a local radio, Victoria Derbyshire was a keen journalist and clearly was passionate about media and communications. Derbyshire then joined BBC Radio Live in 1998 as a co-presenter for the breakfast show, which also featured Julian Worricker.
In 1998 and 2002, the programme won Gold Sony Awards. Shortly after this, Worricker left the breakfast show and Derbyshire was partnered with Nicky Campbell. After a spell of maternity leave, Derbyshire then took over the news programme in 2004. An extremely trusted and collected person, Derbyshire's relationship with viewers was something that nobody had ever seen before. Some very personal and dark experiences were shared with Derbyshire on air. One memorable example of this was when an alcoholic GP called Rachel, described her decent into alcoholism as she opened a can of beer live on air.
Derbyshire has also worked on multiple television news and political programmes including Newsnight, This Week, Watchdog and reguarly on the BBC News channel. Additionally to this, Derbyshire hosted a sports chat show on Channel 4 on Saturday mornings called SportsTalk. Since joining 5 Live, Derbyshire has been sent to cover some of the biggest global news stories there has been. This includes 9/11, The Paris Concorde Crash, General Elections, World Cups and also Olympic Games.
Derbyshire's programme was the first to broadcast a show live from Zimbabwe, in 2009 following President Mugabe's lifting of restrictions on international journalists. Derbyshire's programme made radio history when it became the first to broadcast live from an abortion clinic in 2012, and later that year broadcast from an animal testing laboratory.
In October 2011 Derbyshire made her debut on Have I Got News For You. In autumn 2013, under the new editorship of Ian Katz, Derbyshire began occasionally presenting Newsnight while continuing to present her daily 5 Live programme. Her final Radio 5 Live show was broadcast on 5 September 2014. Her current affairs programme began airing on 7 April 2015 on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel.
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