Kirsty Young has presented the long-running BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs, since 2006. In her role she has interviewed a varied selection of guests including Yoko Ono and Ricky Gervais.
In January 2008 Kirsty became host of one of the BBC1′s flagship programmes, Crimewatch. She also regularly hosts BBC2′s Have I Got News For You. In 2012 Kirsty presented the documentary series The British Family on BBC1 and in 2011 she returned to our screens in another major four-part documentary, this time an exploration of the post-war British workplace.
Perhaps best known for being one of the country’s top broadcasters, Kirsty was the launch presenter for Five’s groundbreaking Five News in 1997 fronting the show every weekday evening. During her time at Five she received the prestigious Sir James Carreras Award for Outstanding New Talent in 1997, at the 46th Variety Club Showbusiness Awards, and Newscaster of the Year at the TRIC (Television & Radio Industries Club) Awards. Whilst at Five, Kirsty presented a number of news specials, and documentaries, for the channel, including Meet the Prime Minister and Gordon Brown Meets the Ten Year Olds.
Kirsty has hosted many awards including, The Evening Standard Awards, and The 4th Which? Annual Awards. Other corporate clients include Thinkbox and Thomson Reuters Extel Surveys.
"Kirsty was absolutely great. Everyone loved her... And we have had the most fantastic, apparently neverending, publicity."
Arts Editor, Evening Standard
"Thank you so much for being a great host for our Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year [Awards]. Thanks also for being such good company over dinner."
Chairman, Ernst & Young
"Just a quick note if you wouldn’t mind passing on our thanks to Kirsty. She was absolutely delightful, and as a Which? subscriber, she really resonated with our audience. We were delighted with Kirsty’s hosting skills, and feedback about the event so far has been overwhelmingly positive."
The 4th Which Annual Awards