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Dimbleby receives honorary degree

David Dimbleby
Dimbleby has chaired Question Time since January 1994

BBC presenter David Dimbleby has been awarded an honorary doctorate by a university in Sussex for his contribution to broadcast journalism.

The Question Time host became a doctor of letters at the University of Brighton.

Dimbleby said: "I admire what the University of Brighton stands for, the wide range of subjects it teaches and the part it plays in the community."

He has chaired BBC One's Question Time since January 1994.

Dimbleby was born in 1938 and educated at Glengorse School, Battle, and Charterhouse.

He learned French in Paris and Italian at Perugia, and studied politics, philosophy and economics at Christ Church College, Oxford, where he also edited the student magazine, Isis.

After graduating, he joined the BBC as a news reporter in Bristol and appeared in network programmes from 1962.

During his BBC career he has presented Panorama, 24 Hours, People and Power, The Dimbleby Talk-In and This Week Next Week.

Dimbleby is the son of the famous World War II war correspondent Richard Dimbleby and elder brother of Jonathan Dimbleby, also a current affairs commentator and presenter.

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