BBC’s Crimewatch will return this autumn with a new look and refreshed format, with BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine and Radio 1’s Tina Daheley at the presenting helm.
For the first time ever the show will broadcast weekly, airing live on BBC1 across September. It’s understood the next batch of episodes will follow next year.
Crimewatch is also launching a mobile incident studio, which will broadcast live from close to the scene of a key crime featured that week. Plus, audiences will be kept up to date with developments on the cases afterwards, and in the week between each episode, via live updates on a new digital platform.
“I grew up watching Crimewatch. It is one of the most powerful programmes the BBC has ever broadcast with the power to change and save lives, and of course, to solve crimes,” Vine said. “To present it is a great honour and with this new format Crimewatch will be even more at the heart of the BBC1 schedule.”
“I feel very privileged to join a programme that’s allowed ordinary viewers to help bring criminals to justice and make our communities safer,” added Daheley. “Young people often suffer most from crime, so I’m especially keen to use my journalistic skills and experience engaging young audiences at Radio 1 to make sure they feel part of the new look show.”
Crimewatch’s Executive Editor Joe Mather said they’re “delighted” to have first-rate live broadcasters helming the new-look show.
“Jeremy is the ideal presenter to lead such an important and established BBC1 series. He has the perfect mix of serious journalism alongside genuine empathy towards the victims of crime and their families. Tina is an incredibly strong broadcaster and journalist, delivering daily live news to the listeners of Radio 1 as well as sports and arts coverage across the BBC.”
They pair replace Kirsty Young, Matthew Amroliwala and Martin Bayfield, who have left the show.
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