Victoria Derbyshire

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Victoria Derbyshire
Victoria derbyshire head.jpg
Victoria Derbyshire in 2011
Born (1968-10-02) 2 October 1968 (age 46)
Ramsbottom, Lancashire, England, UK
Nationality English
Employer BBC
Known for Journalist and presenter

Victoria Derbyshire (born 2 October 1968) is a British journalist and broadcaster, who formerly presented the morning news/current affairs & interview programme on BBC Radio 5 Live between 10 am and 12 noon each weekday. She was a 5 Live presenter for 16 years until departing in late 2014. Her new current affairs & debate programme is due to be broadcast on BBC 2 and the BBC News Channel in 2015. She also presents Newsnight occasionally.

Early life[edit]

Victoria Derbyshire was born in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, and attended Bury Grammar School before going on to study English Language & Literature at the University of Liverpool. There she decided to take up journalism and attended a post-graduate diploma course in radio and TV journalism at the then Preston Polytechnic, now the department of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Central Lancashire.


Derbyshire worked as a reporter in local radio, joining BBC Radio 5 Live in 1998 as a co-presenter of the breakfast show with Julian Worricker. The programme won two Gold Sony Awards in 1998 and 2002.

In January 2003, Worricker left the breakfast show and Derbyshire was partnered with Nicky Campbell. After maternity leave, she took over the morning news programme in August 2004.

Derbyshire also works on a number of television news & political programmes including: presenting Newsnight, appearances on This Week, and an interview series on the BBC News Channel "Victoria Derbyshire Interviews..", Watchdog. She also hosted a sports chat show on Channel 4 on Saturday mornings called SportsTalk. Derbyshire has been sent to cover some of the biggest global stories since joining 5 Live: 9/11, the Paris Concorde crash, general elections, World Cups and Olympic Games. Her programme was the first to broadcast a show live from Zimbabwe, after President Mugabe lifted restrictions on international journalists. Her programme made radio history when it became the first to broadcast live from an abortion clinic in 2012, and late that year, from an animal testing laboratory.

In October 2011 Derbyshire made her debut on Have I Got News For You.[1]

In autumn 2013 under the new Editorship of Ian Katz, Derbyshire began presenting Newsnight occasionally while continuing to present her daily 5 Live programme.

Her final Radio 5 Live programme was broadcast on 5 September 2014.


In 2009, Derbyshire won the Nick Clarke Award for her sensitive handling of an interview with a man accused and then cleared of date rape.[2]

At the 2011 Sony Awards, Derbyshire won the Gold award for Best News & Current Affairs Programme.

At the 2012 Sony Awards she beat Jenni Murray, Evan Davis and Jeremy Vine to become the Sony Academy's Speech Broadcaster of the Year.[citation needed]

In December 2013, her programme from an animal testing laboratory won the 2013 "Best Live Journalism" Award at the Association for International Broadcasting; the judges said it was "classic investigative journalism, in-depth reporting, well-balanced and thoroughly researched".

At the 2014 Radio Academy Awards, (formerly the Sony Awards), she again won the Speech Broadcaster of the Year award, beating BBC colleagues Radio 4's Justin Webb, Jane Garvey and Melvyn Bragg, and in December 2014, the Association for International Broadcasting awarded her the best radio programme for a live broadcast from a dementia clinic that specialises in treating those with early onset dementia. .


Derbyshire was criticised for interviewing the convicted sex offender Jonathan King after his release from prison.[3] In 2006, Jamie Oliver strongly rebuked Derbyshire, after she questioned his commitment to helping young people in the Cornwall area.[4]

In 2007 5 Live listeners forced a phone-in poll about sympathy for Madeleine McCann's parents off the air.[5] The McCanns had recently been on Derbyshire's programme to mark the fourth anniversary of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.

In September 2010 she interviewed her own 5 Live boss about why he wasn't moving to MediaCityUK in Salford when the station moved in autumn '11. Describing the interview, The Guardian said: "Derbyshire's grilling of the station's controller Adrian Van Klaveren made Jeremy Paxman's infamous interview with Mark Thompson look like a vicar's tea party."[6]


  1. ^ "Have I Got News for You: Season 42, Episode 3, Lee Mack, Victoria Derbyshire, Ross Noble". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 5 December 2011. Air Date Friday October 28, 2011 
  2. ^ Ponsford, Dominic (12 October 2009). "Derbyshire wins Nick Clarke prize for rape-claim interview". Press Gazette. 
  3. ^ Gibson, Owen (2 August 2005). "BBC sorry after King protests innocence on radio phone-in". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "STUPID COW!: JAMIE IN RANT OVER RADIO 5 GIRL". 22 May 2006. 
  5. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (10 September 2007). "McCann radio debate slammed". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Media Monkey's Diary". The Guardian (London). 

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