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Katie Derham spent 15 years of her broadcasting career in news and current affairs, initially at the BBC then as ITV’s youngest ever newsreader where her role as news anchor enabled her to cover everything from elections to royal weddings and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
She also fronts television documentaries, most recently presenting The Girl from Ipanema: Brazil, Bossa Nova and The Beach for the BBC, which saw her travelling to Rio de Janeiro, where her Father was born, to explore the story behind Brazil’s most famous and enduring song. She was the host of All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge for BBC4 and Fine Tuned, two specials for Sky Arts in which she discussed music with Alexander Armstrong alongside exclusive performances from his latest albums.
She has also been the face of the BBC Proms since 2010 and hosts the weekly magazine show Proms Extra every Saturday on BBC2 during the season and is a presenter on BBC Radio 3 and one of the station’s best known voices, having presented Afternoons on 3 and more recently taking on the mantle of drive time programme In Tune, fronting the show on rotation with Sean Rafferty. Other Radio 3 credits include Sound of Dance on Saturday afternoons where she explored the relationship between music and dance in varying genres.
In 2015 Katie’s career took a decidedly glittery direction when she took part in Strictly Come Dancing and reached the final in 2017. Katie was crowned Strictly Christmas champion!
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