A third generation of the Dimbleby family has presented a programme for the BBC.
Fred Dimbleby, the son of Question Time host David Dimbleby, made his debut presenting the final half hour of the breakfast show on BBC Sussex from a studio in Brighton.
He was offered the opportunity to follow in his father’s professional footsteps after chairing a Question Time-style debate at his school, Brighton College, during the European Union referendum campaign.
The regular breakfast show host Neil Pringle, the former station manager, gave a positive verdict just before the programme ended this morning (Wednesday 14 September).
But 18-year-old Fred, who has just completed his A levels, may follow a different career. One possibility is law, with a seat on the US Supreme Court judges’ bench in his sights.
As well as having a famous broadcasting father, his uncle Jonathan presents Any Questions on Radio 4 and his grandfather Richard was the BBC’s first war correspondent, serving in the Second World War.
Fred said: “It was the quickest 30 minutes of my life.”
He said that he liked being able to interview people he wouldn’t normally have a chance to speak to.