Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 29 January 2015

Age-claim O'Reilly returns to BBC

Miriam O'Reilly will be back on the BBC
Miriam O'Reilly will be back on the BBC

Miriam O'Reilly, who won an ageism tribunal against the BBC, has landed a new daytime role on BBC One.

The TV presenter is to join Rav Wilding as a roving host of the channel's Crimewatch Roadshow when it returns for a third series in June.

Last month she disclosed she had been in talks with BBC bosses, with a view to returning to screens.

Miriam won her tribunal case in January after she was dropped as a presenter of popular Sunday show Countryfile.

She will broadcast from streets around the UK - visiting Merseyside, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Gwent, Manchester and Nottinghamshire - and looking at everyday crimes.

Miriam said: "I'm delighted to be working on a programme that can really make a difference. Last year's series led to many criminals being arrested.

"It's a chance for me to use my journalistic skills and I'm really looking forward to getting back to the buzz of live TV".

BBC One daytime controller Liam Keelan said: "I'm delighted to welcome Miriam to the team.

"Crimewatch Roadshow has gone from strength to strength over the last two years, and I know that Miriam's proven experience as a journalist will only strengthen the series."

The four-week series will also ask the public to help trace 80 "wanted" people when it returns on June 6.

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