Jeremy Vine and Tina Daheley have been announced as the new presenters of the iconic BBC show, Crimewatch.
The programme will boast a ‘brand new look’ and a ‘refreshed format’ when it returns with its new hosts this autumn, when it will start broadcasting weekly for the first time.
Jeremy and Tina will be taking over from Kirsty Young, who announced she was leaving the show after seven years at the end of 2015, saying it had been a ‘great privilege’ to work with the Crimewatch team.
Speaking about joining the series, Jeremy said: “I grew up watching Crimewatch. It is one of the most powerful programmes the BBC has ever broadcast with the power to change and save lives, and of course, to solve crimes.
“To present it is a great honour and with this new format Crimewatch will be even more at the heart of the BBC One schedule.”
BBC Radio 1′s Tina added: “I also grew up watching Crimewatch and I feel very privileged to join a programme that’s allowed ordinary viewers to help bring criminals to justice and make our communities safer.
“Young people often suffer most from crime, so I’m especially keen to use my journalistic skills and experience engaging young audiences at Radio 1 to make sure they feel part of the new look show.”
In another first, each episode will be aired live from a movile incident studio near the scene of a key crime from that week, with another change being that live updates will keep viewers up-to-date with case developments immediately after and in the week between each show.
Crimewatch’s Executive Editor Joe Mather said: “We’re delighted to have two absolutely first-rate live broadcasters take the helm of Crimewatch. Jeremy is the ideal presenter to lead such an important and established BBC One series. He has the perfect mix of serious journalism alongside genuine empathy towards the victims of crime and their families.
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“Tina is an incredibly strong broadcaster and journalist, delivering daily live news to the listeners of Radio 1 as well as sports and arts coverage across the BBC.”
“Viewers will find it easier to know when the programme is on and by having Jeremy and Tina broadcast live on location we’ll be able to show more clearly than ever that Crimewatch and its viewers are at the heart of solving serious crime in the UK.
“Your call really could be all it takes to put an offender behind bars.”