Katie Derham

Catherine Beatrice Margaret Derham[1] (born 18 June 1970) is a British newscaster and a presenter on television and radio.

Katie Derham
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Derham at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Catherine Beatrice Margaret Derham

(1970-06-18) 18 June 1970 (age 50)
Canterbury, Kent, England
Alma materMagdalene College, Cambridge
OccupationJournalist, television presenter
Notable credit(s)
BBC Radio 3
(m. 1999)

Early life and educationEdit

Derham was born on 18 June 1970 in Canterbury, Kent to Margaret, a teacher, and John Derham, a chemist for Pfizer. The family moved to Cheshire within a year of her birth, and she grew up in Wilmslow.[2][3] She was educated at a primary school in Sandbach and at Cheadle Hulme School where she took A-Levels in French, History and Economics. She then read economics at Magdalene College, Cambridge, graduating with a BA (Hons).[4]

Broadcasting careerEdit

BBC (1995–98)Edit

Derham began her broadcasting career at the BBC, starting as a researcher on Radio 4's Money Box. In 1995 she won the Bradford & Bingley "Best Personal Finance Broadcaster Award" for her work as a presenter on Radio 5 Live's Moneycheck. She moved to BBC television in 1996 as a consumer affairs correspondent and was also a reporter on the long-running Film... programme.

ITN (1998–2010)Edit

In 1998 she joined ITN as the Media and Arts Editor for ITV News and, at the age of 27, became the youngest newscaster on British national television since ITN's creation in 1955.[5] In 2004, Derham became the main female presenter of the ITV Lunchtime News, and a relief presenter for both the ITV Evening News and the ITV News at Ten. She also co-presented the ITV London news programme London Tonight. Derham hosted her final ITV News programme on 25 June 2010.

BBC (2010 onwards)Edit

In April 2010 it was announced that Derham was to return to the BBC. Derham has an arts brief, including fronting the coverage of the Proms for BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 3.[6]

Derham is a presenter of Radio 3's Afternoon on 3 and Breakfast programmes, having previously presented the Hall of Fame Concert on Classic FM, and she presents the Traveller's Tree series on Radio 4. Derham also makes an occasional guest presenter appearance on Saturday Live.[7]

In August 2015 the BBC announced that Derham had signed up to appear in the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her partner was Anton du Beke. In Week 4, the couple finished top of the leaderboard. In weeks 9 and 11 they performed their best dances, both earning 35 out of a possible 40. In the semi-final they finished last in both dances and were in the dance-off with Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko. The judges voted them through to compete in the final, (the first time Anton had done so,) where they finished in fourth place.

In August 2016 Derham presented The Girl from Ipanema, a documentary for BBC Four.[8] In September 2017, she presented coverage of the Last Night of the Proms on BBC Two and BBC One.

Since 2017, Derham has been a presenter on In Tune on BBC Radio 3.[9][10]

Other workEdit

Derham hosted the Classical BRIT Awards ceremony four times from 2001 to 2004. In August 2008 she appeared in the BBC Two talent programme Maestro,[11] where she learnt to conduct orchestral, choral and operatic music; and, in 2010, in the factual entertainment programme First Love,[12] where she returned to the violin playing of her youth.

Personal lifeEdit

Derham plays the violin.[13] She married restaurateur John Vincent in 1999; he had proposed on the night they met.[14] They have two daughters and live near Haywards Heath, Sussex.


  1. ^ Rich Pelley (11 September 2010). "One last thing... Katie Derham". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  2. ^ Who's Who 2009
  3. ^ Duncan A. "Proms Queen", Radio Times (7–13 August 2010), p. 30 (BBC Magazines)
  4. ^ "Newsreader Katie Derham remembers her time at Cambridge". University of Cambridge. 26 April 1999. Archived from the original on 27 July 2001. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Katie Derham | Broadcaster". December 2019.
  6. ^ James Robinson (21 April 2010). "Katie Derham leaving ITN for BBC". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Katie Derham". In Tune – via BBC Radio 3.
  8. ^ "The Girl from Ipanema: Brazil, Bossa Nova and the Beach". BBC Four. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Katie Derham moves to In Tune on BBC Radio 3". RadioToday. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  10. ^ "In Tune Presenters: Katie Derham". www.bbc.co.uk. BBC. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Eight passionate amateurs bid to become BBC Two's Maestro" (Press release). BBC Press Office. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2008.
  12. ^ "Five famous faces embark on an emotional journey into their past as they rekindle their first musical love". First Love. Electric Sky. 1 July 2010. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011 – via Sky Arts 1 HD.
  13. ^ "Katie Derham: 'I feel I have got a part of myself back'". The Independent. London. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  14. ^ Matt Rudd (10 November 2019). "How Leon founder John Vincent learnt to live more sustainably". The Sunday Times Magazine. (subscription required)

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Preceded by
Host of ITV News at 1:30
Succeeded by
Alastair Stewart
Preceded by
Katie Derham
Female host of London Tonight (ITV)
Succeeded by
Nina Hossain