Priya Kaur-Jones announced as the new presenter of The Politics Show
Priya Kaur-Jones is making a welcome return to the television screens of viewers in the East Midlands.
After a 'live audition' last Sunday, Priya takes over the presenting reigns of the East Midlands The Politics Show on BBC ONE from noon on Sunday 29 October.
Priya is also going to be a familiar face again on BBC East Midlands Today, as she is also reporting on the evening bulletins three days a week.
Marie Ashby, who was presenting The Politics Show, is concentrating her efforts on reporting and presenting for BBC East Midlands Inside Out.
Marie will also continue to present East Midlands Today on Fridays.
Priya is no stranger to presenting live news bulletins and has a wealth of presenting experience behind her already.
She returns to her roots at the BBC after a spell presenting evening bulletins for five, and also reporting for Sky News.
From Sunday 29 October, Priya presents the East Midlands opt-out for The Politics Show.
Network presenter of the programme, Jon Sopel, reports on the important issues of the week and interviews high-profile guests before handing over to Priya in Nottingham for a full 20 minutes, looking at local matters in the East Midlands.
The programme is made for the BBC by Ten Alps Midlands.
Priya first joined the BBC in 2002, working as a broadcast journalist on the Breakfast and Drivetime programmes on BBC Asian Network, before becoming the station's East Midlands reporter, travelling around the region reporting on issues and stories for news bulletins and programmes.
From here, Priya moved on to presenting and reporting for East Midlands Today, before working for five news.
Priya Kaur-Jones says of her new role: "I'm excited to be back in the East Midlands. All my family are in the region so I was never far away!
"It's great to be working with all the friendly faces at East Midlands Today again. Presenting the Politics Show is a great opportunity; I'm really looking forward to it!"
Aziz Rashid, Head of Region, BBC East Midlands, says: "I'm absolutely delighted that Priya has agreed to join us again at BBC East Midlands. It's fantastic news that she's returning, not just for me and the team here, but also for the viewers in the region."
Priya originally hails from Yorkshire but, after deciding to study for a degree in Genetics at the University of Nottingham, she stayed and has not looked back since.