Kate Silverton to front BBC's one minute news show

Last updated at 13:10 07 December 2007

Kate Silverton

BBC Breakfast presenter Kate Silverton will be stepping into Natasha Kaplinsky's shoes to present a show that was initially intended for the soon-to-depart anchor.

Ms Silverton, a rising star of the corporation, will be the face of BBC1's new 8pm news bulletin when it launches on Monday.

The programme which is a 90-second snippet of the day's events is aimed at younger viewers and was a key idea of former controller Peter Fincham.

The 37-year-old, who also presents rolling news on News 24 and will be covering Sophie Raworth's spot as anchor of the 1pm news while she is on maternity leave, appears to have no plans to defect to another broadcasting company like her colleague Ms Kaplinsky.

She will also be doing more work for Panorama and taking on more foreign assignments in the near future.

Peter Horrocks, the head of the BBC's multi-media newsroom, said to The Guardian: "Kate is a journalist with great warmth and versatility. These new roles give her an opportunity to report and present across our news programmes on BBC1."

Ms Silverton commented to the newspaper: "It is professionally exciting to have the opportunity to work on output as diverse as Panorama, foreign reporting, factual entertainment and presenting major bulletins."

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