The award-winning journalist will begin his role in the New Year.
“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.” – Ben Hunte
This newly created role will report on stories, issues and debates to do with sexuality and gender with insight and analysis on matters affecting the LGBT community in the UK.
In 2017 Ben played a key part in the corporation’s Gay Britannia season that marked the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967. Airing on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra, his Ben Hunte Interviews series featured high profile guests such as Paul O’Grady and Stephen K Amos.
Ben also co-presents, with Debula Kemoli, the recently-launched What’s New?, the beeb’s first TV programme and digital service keeping children in Africa up to date with what’s happening in the world they live in.
“BBC News has a rich heritage of covering issues and debates from the LGBT community. This year we announced our first gender and identity correspondent, Megha Mohan, and 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.” – Richard Burgess, UK News Editor for BBC News
Ben graduated from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus with a degree in Neuroscience and went on to study TV Journalism at City, University of London.