Sunday, January 6, 2019
BBC News appoints Ben Hunte as its first gay correspondent, will focus on 'finding and telling stories from the LGBT community'.
The BBC has named Ben Hunte as the British Broadcasting Corporation's first gay correspondent for BBC News.
In the newly-created role, BBC News says that Ben Hunte as its first LGBT correspondent, 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 United Kingdom.
Ben Hunte who also appears on BBC World News (DStv 400 / StarSat 256 / Cell C black 501 / Openview 121) in 2018 became the presenter of BBC What's New?, the BBC's first TV programme and digital service for children in Africa.
"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," says Ben Hunte in a statement.
"BBC News has a rich heritage of covering issues and debates from the LGBT community," says Richard Burgess, BBC News' UK news editor.
"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 Hunte graduated from the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus with a degree in neuroscience, before studying TV journalism at City University of London.