Victoria Derbyshire in 2011
2 October 1968 |
Ramsbottom, Lancashire, England
|Known for||Journalist and presenter|
Victoria Derbyshire (born 2 October 1968) is a British journalist and broadcaster. Her new current affairs and debate programme is broadcast on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel in 2015. She presents Newsnight occasionally. She formerly presented the morning news/current affairs and interview programme on BBC Radio 5 Live between 10 am and 12 noon each weekday. She was also a 5 Live presenter for 16 years before departing in late 2014.
Victoria Derbyshire was born in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, and attended Bury Grammar School before going on to study English Language and Literature at the University of Liverpool. Then she 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 and 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 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.
Victoria Derbyshire (TV series)
The series began airing on 7 April 2015 on BBC Two and BBC News Channel.
|2015-||Victoria Derbyshire||Presenter Monday-Thursday and occasional Friday|
|2015-||Joanna Gosling||Occasional Friday & Relief presenter|
|2015-||Julian Worricker||Relief presenter|
At the 2011 Sony Awards, Derbyshire won the Gold award for Best News & Current Affairs Programme.
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. In 2006, Jamie Oliver strongly rebuked Derbyshire, after she questioned his commitment to helping young people in the Cornwall area.
In 2007, 5 Live listeners forced a phone-in poll about sympathy for Madeleine McCann's parents off the air. 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 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’s BBC TV show has drawn press criticism, after reports that its confused mix of daytime chat show and news current affairs was attracting as few as 39,000 viewers. BBC News boss James Harding dismissed the criticism, saying, “By the standards that we set it, it has far exceeded our expectations”.
Derbyshire’s father accused her of lying after she credited her combative style to being repeatedly beaten up by him as a child, when she would allegedly put Valium in his tea to calm him down. “She implies she was dragged up in a tough northern environment – rubbish,” said her father, citing the £2.5 million eight-bedroom Tudor mansion in Lancashire that was the family home. “She was brought up in the lap of luxury: elocution lessons, dance lessons, private school.”
- "Have I Got News for You: Season 42, Episode 3, Lee Mack, Victoria Derbyshire, Ross Noble". TV.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
Air Date Friday October 28, 2011
- Ponsford, Dominic (12 October 2009). "Derbyshire wins Nick Clarke prize for rape-claim interview". Press Gazette.
- Gibson, Owen (2 August 2005). "BBC sorry after King protests innocence on radio phone-in". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- "STUPID COW!: JAMIE IN RANT OVER RADIO 5 GIRL". 22 May 2006.
- Holmwood, Leigh (10 September 2007). "McCann radio debate slammed". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- "Media Monkey's Diary". The Guardian (London).
- Victoria Derbyshire's struggling news show seen by just 39,000 'is a success'... but only by 'standards we set it', claims BBC boss - Katherine Rushton - Daily Mail - published: 23:49, 2 June 2015 - updated: 01:03, 3 June 2015
- Dad used to beat us all up. We'd put Valium in his tea to calm him down, says BBC Radio 5's Victoria Derbyshire - Rosie Taylor - Daily Mail - 22:04, 5 September 2014 | UPDATED: 08:58, 6 September 2014
- Victoria Derbyshire at BBC Programmes (Radio 5 Live)
- Victoria Derbyshire at BBC Programmes (BBC Two)
- Victoria Derbyshire at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Bolton Evening News
- Victoria Derbyshire's blog at BBC Online