Victoria Derbyshire in 2011
|Born||Victoria Antoinette Derbyshire|
2 October 1968
Ramsbottom, Lancashire, England
|Known for||Journalist, television presenter|
Victoria Antoinette Derbyshire (born 2 October 1968) is a BAFTA, RTS and Sony award-winning English journalist and broadcaster. Her current affairs and debate programme has been broadcast on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel since 2015. She has presented Newsnight in the past. She formerly presented the morning news/current affairs and interview programme on BBC Radio 5 Live between 10 am and 12 noon each weekday and was a 5 Live presenter for 16 years, departing in late 2014. She left at the same time as fellow 5 Live broadcasters Richard Bacon and Shelagh Fogarty.
Derbyshire was born in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. She attended Bury Grammar School for Girls, an independent school, before studying English language and literature at the University of Liverpool. Afterwards, she attended a postgraduate diploma course in radio and TV journalism at Preston Polytechnic (now the University of Central Lancashire). She has claimed that her father Anthony physically abused her, her mother and her younger brother and sister. 
Derbyshire worked as a reporter in local radio, then joined BBC Radio 5 Live in 1998 as a co-presenter of the breakfast show with Julian Worricker. The programme won Gold Sony Awards in 1998 and 2002. In January 2003 Worricker left the breakfast show, and Derbyshire was partnered by Nicky Campbell. After a spell of maternity leave, she took over the morning news programme in August 2004..
Derbyshire has also worked on a number of television news and political programmes including: presenting Newsnight, appearances on This Week, an interview series, Victoria Derbyshire Interviews.., on the BBC News Channel, and Watchdog. She hosted a sports chat show on Channel 4 on Saturday mornings called SportsTalk. She 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, in 2009 following President Mugabe's lifting of restrictions on international journalists. Her programme made radio history when it became the first to broadcast live from an abortion clinic in 2012, and later that year broadcast from an animal testing laboratory.
In autumn 2013, under the new editorship of Ian Katz, Derbyshire began occasionally presenting Newsnight while continuing to present her daily 5 Live programme. Her final Radio 5 Live show was broadcast on 5 September 2014.
On the morning of the Grenfell Tower Fire, North Kensington, June 2017, she interviewed a father of two who escaped the blaze with his family. A clip of Victoria hugging him when he broke down as he described the horrors of what he witnessed went viral.
Derbyshire has two children with her partner Mark Sandell, an editor. Derbyshire had an affair with Sandell at BBC Radio 5 Live while Sandell was married to fellow presenter, Fi Glover . Her younger brother, Nick Derbyshire, was an England county cricketer between 1994 and 1996.
In August 2015 Derbyshire announced on Twitter that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would be having a mastectomy, but would continue to present her programme as often as possible during treatment.
She recorded video diaries about her cancer treatment, from her mastectomy through chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Her video diary about her first chemotherapy session went viral. Her diaries were some of the most viewed on the BBC website.
At the 2011 Sony Awards she won the Gold award for Best News & Current Affairs Programme. At the 2012 Sony Awards she beat Dame Jenni Murray, Evan Davis and Jeremy Vine to become the Sony Academy's Speech Broadcaster of the Year. In December 2013 her broadcast 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 Justin Webb, Jane Garvey and Melvyn Bragg, and in November 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.
In 2017 she won a BAFTA Television Award for her interview with four former footballers about the alleged sexual abuse they experienced as boys. In her acceptance speech, which she dedicated to the men, she said: 'You cannot underestimate the courage it took for these men to talk about this on national television, live. As a result of what they did, hundreds more potential victims have come forward to the police'.
In March 2018, she won two Royal Television Society Awards - Network Presenter of the Year, beating Andrew Neil and Julie Etchingham; and Interview of the Year, for her interview with the 4 footballers.
This article's Criticism or Controversy section may compromise the article's neutral point of view of the subject. (September 2017)
In 2007, 5 Live listeners forced a phone-in poll about sympathy for Madeleine McCann's parents off the air. Soon afterward, the McCanns appeared on Derbyshire's programme to mark the fourth anniversary of Madeleine'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 2011. 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." Derbyshire didn't move to Salford and sometimes presented her programme from London.
In April 2015, Victoria Derbyshire interviewed Ricky Dearman, who was accused of sexual abusing his children and running a Satanic child sex cult. Viewers complained about her believing the man, who they believed to be guilty .
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