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BBC News appoint first LGBT correspondent

LGBT CORRESPONDENT: Ben Hunte (Image: BBC)

BBC AFRICA presenter Ben Hunte has been appointed as the first ever LGBT correspondent for BBC News.

It’s not the first time Hunte has been at the centre of a historic development at the corporation. He is the current presenter of the BBC’s first TV programme and digital service for children in Africa, What’s New?

In a tweet, Hunte described the news as a “dream come true”.

He wrote: “Dream come true! So excited to get started as the BBC’s first LGBT correspondent and tell some important stories.”

In his new role, which he will start in January, the 27-year-old will cover news relating to sexuality and gender. He will also deliver insight and analysis on LGBT issues, the BBC reported.

Hunte said: “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.”

Richard Burgess, UK news editor for BBC News, told the BBC: "BBC News has a rich heritage of covering issues and debates from the LGBT community.

“This year we announced our first gender and identity correspondent, Megha Mohan, and 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."

Hunte, a City University journalism graduate and runner-up in Blue Peter’s search for a new presenter, has previously presented programmes on LGBT issues on BBC radio.

In a statement, the BBC said: “Ben played a key part during the coverage of the BBC’s Gay Britannia season and presented his own series of LGBT-themed programmes on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra called The Ben Hunte Interviews. He interviewed a range of high profile guests including Paul O’Grady and Stephen K Amos.”

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