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Derbyshire 'fine' over bullying row

Broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire has said that her family have "moved on" after her partner was accused of bullying at the BBC.

Mark Sandell, a senior BBC editor, is back at work after successfully appealing against his dismissal following the investigation into bullying.

Former 5 Live presenter Derbyshire told Radio Times magazine: "It has been pretty stressful but we have moved on. We're fine."

Asked whether she still felt angry with the BBC about what happened, she said: "Only because of the time it took. It took a long time."

Derbyshire, whose partner was previously married to fellow broadcaster Fi Glover, is about to begin a new daytime news and current affairs programme, Victoria Derbyshire, on the BBC.

"We'll be going round the country, holding debates ... I won't be sitting at a desk, delivering news from on high. There will be an informality, a feel of radio, about it," she said.

The broadcaster said that, being female, she was prepared for her appearance to come under scrutiny.

"There was one (remark) when I did Newsnight, saying, 'I notice the camera never gives you close-ups'.

"It is what it is. In the end I look like a 46-year-old working mother-of-two. I can't do anything about that, and I wouldn't want to."

She denied that the BBC's presentation of current affairs is tilted too much towards men.

"As a viewer, or listener, I just want someone with experience, someone I trust," she said.

"The BBC can do better at that. But it has made massive strides. I can't imagine, now, someone like me losing my job because I was considered too old."

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