Bit of a turn up for the books this one, seeing as how few people have presented this programme in its history. The BBC are completely revamping Crimewatch, which may explain why it's been off air for so long. In the Telegraph tomorrow (or now, on the Internet):
As a passionate cyclist with a penchant for handing over videos of dangerous drivers to the police, Jeremy Vine already has a background in amateur crime-fighting.
Now the BBC presenter is to step-up his campaign for justice, when he takes up the reins as the host of Crimewatch later this year.
The corporation will announce today that Vine, who hosts a popular early afternoon Radio 2 show, is to take over from Kirsty Young at the helm of a revamped version of the BBC One programme.
Tina Daheley will present alongside Vine, whose helmet cameras helped land one errant motorist with a £3,200 fine, will be joined on the show by Tina Daheley, a journalist whose role at the BBC includes reading the news on Radio 1.
The new series of Crimewatch, which will air on BBC One in September, is to be given a regular weekly slot for the first time since the programme was first broadcast, in 1984.
Each episode will be broadcast live from the location of the main crime featured on the show that week, with detectives on hand to walk viewers through how the incident unfolded.
Joe Mather, the executive editor of Crimewatch, said the show was the “purest form of public service broadcasting”, and had been overhauled to try to entice viewers away from on-demand services such as Netflix.
He said: “It has been a fixture for 32 years, but the way we do it has changed very little. The regular slot is a game-changer for us. We will be able to update on appeals far more quickly, and show people that their calls really do make a difference.
“The intent is to solve serious crime. Nowadays, with audiences moving over to Netflix, a big live event programme like Crimewatch, which needs audience participation, is something unique and special at a time when broadcasters are finding it hard to make shows that viewers need to tune in to live.
“Filming on location will emphasise our joint purpose with the police and the viewers. We want to show people that these crimes are real. This happened somewhere. It could be where you live.”
Crimewatch is known for its low turnover of presenters, with both Young, and previous host Fiona Bruce, staying for seven years on the show. Mather said the delay in announcing a replacement for Young, who quit last December, had been because “we wanted to be absolutely sure that we had the right person to see it through its new incarnation”.
Vine has spoken of his guilt at “submerging” the police in films of wayward drivers, but said he was told by officers, “keep them coming, we’ll bust them all”.
The presenter said: “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.
"To present it is a great honour and with this new format Crimewatch will be even more at the heart of the BBC One schedule.”
Daheley added: “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.”