PRESENTER & JOURNALIST
From Summer 2018, Ben became the official presenter of BBC What's New ('Newsround Africa') - the BBC’s first TV programme and digital service for children in Africa. BBC What's New went viral several times during the launch month, with content from it becoming the most engaged posts of all time across BBC News Africa's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Ben can currently be seen every week on BBC What’s New, with his reports running regularly across BBC World News.
After studying a Neuroscience degree on a full scholarship in Malaysia, where he also started a magazine and events agency, at 23 Ben became one of Google’s youngest strategy managers. Alongside consulting the world’s leading media organisations, Ben worked as a YouTuber and freelance television presenter.
Following an MA in Journalism, studied on a scholarship, 2017 saw Ben hired by BBC London TV News. The majority of his original reports ran as the day's prestigious ’top story'. This lead to work as a national radio reporter for BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, where he also presented his first BBC visual documentary, as well as becoming a freelance national TV reporter for ITN's Channel 5 News & ITV News. Watch Ben's TV reports here.
In Summer 2017, Ben presented his own series of LGBT-themed programmes on BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra. “The Ben Hunte Interviews” was a key part of the BBC’s “Gay Britannia” coverage, and featured guests such as Paul O’Grady and Stephen K Amos. Listen to Ben's radio work here.
Ben was nominated as a “Rising Star Reporter” at the CIRCOM European Journalism Awards 2017. His Radio 4 Extra series was nominated for a PinkNews 2017 award. He was also recognised at the British LGBT Awards 2017 for “Top 10 Outstanding Contributions to LGBT Life”.