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ABOUT: Fiona Bruce today revealed she was ‘thrilled and honoured’ after the BBC confirmed she will be the new Question Time presenter.The 54-year-old newsreader, who will start the role on January 10, was offered the job last month and has now ironed out her contract with the Corporation.She¬†will replace veteran presenter David Dimbleby, who¬†announced in June that he would be leaving the role this month, after 25 years in the presenter’s chair.Bruce will become the first female host in the current affair show’s history after BBC bosses including director general Tony Hall and director of news Fran Unsworth signed off the appointment.The presenter – who will continue to host Antiques Roadshow – was one of six contenders who were put through their paces by a cross-party panel of MPs and journalists in front of an audience at a South London school.She was originally considered a long shot, but after an ‘outstanding’ audition she beat off competition from the likes of Kirsty Wark and Emily Maitlis.The BBC News At Six and News At Ten host said: ‘It is an honour to be asked to take on one of the great political programmes of the BBC.Particularly at a time of such historic change for the UK and tumult at Westminster.’For many years Question Time has been presented by one of my television heroes so I am thrilled and not a little daunted to be stepping into his shoes.’But it is a programme I have watched for as long as I can remember and have