Kirsty Young is the presenter of Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 and one of the faces of BBC Special Events. Kirsty is one of the best known voices on radio. She has presented Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 for over a decade, during which time she has interviewed guests from Theresa May to Bill Gates and from Tom Hanks to Bruce Springstein.
For BBC Special Events she was the main anchor for VE Day 70, BBC 1’s coverage of the 70th Anniversary of VE Day and hosted BBC 1’s commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. She has subsequently covered The Queen’s 90th Birthday and the centenary commemoration of The Battle of the Somme (BAFTA nominated). She has also presented the BBC’s tribute to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th wedding anniversary – Elizabeth & Philip: Love and Duty.
Kirsty was the host of the long running series Crimewatch, and was the launch presenter for Five News before presenting the ITV’s News At Ten and Lunchtime News where she was the sole-anchor for the live coverage of 9/11 for five hours. Since moving to the BBC she has presented a number of documentary series including The British Family and The British At Work, fronted high profile events, such as the one-off interview of Sir David Attenborough on his 90th Birthday and has been a regular host of Have I Got News For You.