Award-winning journalist Ben Hunte named as BBC News’ first ever ‘LGBT correspondent’ for the New Year

A NEW job has been created at the BBC for an award-winning journalist who has become the corporation’s first ever LGBT correspondent. He will begin his new role at BBC News in the New Year.

Ben Hunte will report on the stories, issues and debates surrounding sexuality and gender and focus on providing insight and analysis on matters affecting the LGBT community in the UK.

He played a key part during the coverage of the BBC’s Gay Britannia season and presented his own series of LGBT-themed programmes on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra called The Ben Hunte Interviews.

The BBC’s New Broadcasting House in London where Ben Hunte will work in the New Year as a LGBT correspondent. Picture: BBC

Hunte interviewed a range of high profile guests including Paul O’Grady and Stephen K Amos. This year Ben also became the presenter of BBC What’s New?.

Ben told The Entertainment Gazette: “I’m delighted to be taking on this important new role for BBC News and I am looking forward to finding and telling stories from the LGBT community.”

Richard Burgess, UK news editor for BBC News, said: “I’m thrilled that Ben will be taking up this dedicated role which aims to strengthen our offering of LGBT stories and original journalism across the BBC.”

Ben graduated from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus with a degree in Neuroscience, before studying TV Journalism at City University of London.

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