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Victoria Derbyshire's partner was accused of bullying at the BBC

Victoria Derbyshire's partner was accused of bullying at the BBC

Victoria Derbyshire's partner was accused of bullying at the BBC

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."