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Victoria Derbyshire joins BBC News Channel

Victoria Derbyshire
Image caption Derbyshire was recently named speech broadcaster of the year by the Radio Academy

Victoria Derbyshire is to join the BBC News Channel when she leaves Radio 5 live, the BBC has announced.

The 45-year-old will "launch a new daily news and current affairs programme" on the channel, said Mary Hockaday, head of the BBC newsroom.

Derbyshire's departure from 5 live was announced last week.

Richard Bacon and Shelagh Fogarty will also leave their shows in a move the station called the "biggest shake-up to its daytime schedule in years".

The revamped line-up will see Adrian Chiles and Peter Allen host a new mid-morning programme, 5 live Daily.

But the changes led to criticism about the lack of female representation at the station, with some radio critics dubbing 5 live "radio bloke".

Derbyshire worked at the station for 16 years, first on the breakfast show and, for the last decade, on her own mid-morning programme.

Earlier this year, she was named speech broadcaster of the year by the Radio Academy.

Her new show will "feature exclusive interviews, agenda-setting discussion and audience debates," said Ms Hockaday.

"The programme, which will also be shown online, on mobiles and on tablets, will use innovative ways of interacting with the audience via social media."

Meanwhile, Matthew Amroliwala will move from the channel to present BBC World's flagship programme Global, which is shown outside the UK.

However, he will still "appear regularly" on the BBC News Channel, reporting on major global news stories.

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