Mastermind's new presenter is announced as BBC broadcaster Clive Myrie

Naomi Gordon
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From Good Housekeeping

BBC news journalist Clive Myrie has been confirmed as the new presenter of Mastermind.

Myrie will become the fifth host of the long-running quiz show famed for its ominous black chair, taking over from John Humphrys who recently stepped down after 18 years.

"What a privilege it is to take on this new role," Myrie said in a statement. "Mastermind with Magnus Magnusson formed the backdrop to my youth, and now to be at the helm is a dream come true. I’m excited and can’t wait to get stuck in.”

The newsreader - who recently won the RTS Television Journalism award for best presenter - will continue to present programmes like the BBC's News at Six and Ten.

"That side of me is still very much there, but it's good to be able to be liberated every now and again when I do Mastermind," he added.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Myrie is also known for his work as a foreign correspondent and recently fronted a series of acclaimed reports from hospitals dealing with the global pandemic.

Kate Phillips, BBC's Director of Entertainment says: “Clive will be a superb host, witty, wise and with a wicked sense of humour, he’s a consummate interrogator who also understands the fear involved when facing a barrage of questions in the spotlight."

Myrie said he might change "little things" on his new series, but added: "The fundamental format, the basic structure - the chair, the spotlight on the individual who's dealing with this - is going to stay the same.

"You can have a bit more fun in the celebrity series, for instance. That's maybe where there's a little bit more latitude."

Myrie will start filming in July, and the show will return to BBC Two later this year.

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