Kirsty Young is relinquishing her role as the presenter of BBC One’s Crimewatch after seven years and will oversee her final programme later this month
She will continue as the host of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the beeb note, as well as remaining a key face in their event coverage.
Airing once a month at peak-time on BBC One, Crimewatch features information on major unsolved crimes alongside reconstructions in the hope that a member of the public will come forward with information on a perpetrator.
Kirsty joined the format in 2008 and has worked on many high-profile appeals, including the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the Hatton Garden heist.
“There are very few TV programmes that are part of the national fabric, and my years working with the Crimewatch team have been a great privilege. With the crucial help of viewers, the show has played a pivotal role in solving crimes for more than 30 years – long may that invaluable work continue.” – Kirsty Young
Kirsty’s upcoming projects include presenting Cue The Queen: Celebrating The Christmas Speech, a one-hour documentary on BBC One which will explore the long and historic tradition of the Monarch’s Christmas message. At 3pm on Christmas day every year, families across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth gather to watch Her Majesty The Queen honour royal tradition and define the passing of the year.
In 2016 she will present a special one-hour programme honouring the work of Sir David Attenborough in his 90th birthday year. Recorded in front of a studio audience, Inspiring Attenborough: Sir David At 90 will celebrate his invaluable contribution to our understanding of the natural world, and to the development of television broadcasting, in a career that has spanned seven decades.
“Kirsty has been such an integral part of Crimewatch over the last seven years and she will be greatly missed. Nevertheless, Kirsty will continue to play an important role on BBC One and I’m looking forward to her special documentary about the Queen’s Christmas message next month.” – Controller of BBC One, Charlotte Moore
The beeb will reveal her successor on Crimewatch in due course.