Award-winning Journalist and Reporter for BBC WhatsNew — an exciting weekly TV programme by the BBC for young people in Africa — Ben Hunte was recently announced as the new (and first) LGBT correspondent for the BBC.
The news of his appointment was shared on the BBC’s official website and twitter handle on Thursday, 13th December 2018. According to the official statement by the BBC, Ben will report on the stories, issues and debates surrounding sexuality and gender and focus on providing insight and analysis on matters affecting the LGBT community in the UK.
In response to the announcement, Ben Hunte tweeted, “Dreams come true! So excited to get started as the BBC’s first LGBT Correspondent and tell some important stories 🌈”
Dream come true! So excited to get started as the BBC’s first LGBT Correspondent and tell some important stories 🌈 https://t.co/FAS3JEo5FZ
— Ben Hunte (@BenInLDN) December 13, 2018
This isn’t Ben’s first time of covering the LGBT community. In Summer 2017, Ben presented his own series of LGBT-themed programmes on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra. “The Ben Hunte Interviews” was a key part of the BBC’s “Gay Britannia” coverage, and he featured guests such as Paul O’Grady and Stephen K Amos.
Ben Hunte is a graduate from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus with a degree in Neuroscience, and TV Journalism at City University of London.
He and his boyfriend, Jack run a Youtube channel called Our Swirl Life where they share details into their interracial gay relationship.
This is indeed great news and The Rustin Times wishes Ben Hunte all the best in this new role.