THE chancellor of the University of Portsmouth is to become the new presenter of television show QI.
Sandi Toksvig is to take over from Stephen Fry who is stepping down as host of the BBC Two quiz show after 13 years in the role.
The writer and broadcaster will become the first female host of a mainstream comedy panel show.
Sandi has often sat on the panel as a guest star. The 57-year-old currently presents Channel 4 quiz show Fifteen To One.
She stood down as chair of BBC Radio Four’s The News Quiz earlier this year after a 10-year run.
Each series of QI is named after a successive letter of the alphabet. The 13th series launches with the letter M on Friday, October 16. It will be Stephen’s last.
Sandi, who has been chancellor at the University of Portsmouth for the past three years, said: ‘QI is my favourite television programme both to watch and to be on, so this is absolutely my dream job.
‘Stephen has been utterly brilliant with the first half of the alphabet. Now I look forward to picking up the baton. Who knows what lies ahead? It should all be quite interesting.’
QI creator and producer John Lloyd added: ‘Stephen’s departure is the end of an era. It’s been a thoroughly delightful experience.
‘After more than 40 years in broadcasting, QI has been by far the most enjoyable show it has been my privilege to produce, and Stephen has been its big, beating heart.
‘Though we are all very sad he’s decided to move on, I am confident that we have found the perfect person to occupy his gigantic shoes.’