BBC PRESENTER &
BBC NEWS LGBT CORRESPONDENT
Ben Hunte is the BBC’s first LGBT correspondent, starting the role in March 2019. He’s been called “the youngest, blackest and queerest correspondent the BBC has ever had.”
Since starting the role, Ben has uncovered racism at UK pride festivals, he’s revealed how black male victims of sexual abuse are ‘ignored’ by the government, he broke the news of HRH Prince William supporting a potential LGBT royal, and he fronted a season of coverage celebrating 50 years since the Stonewall Riots.
Prior to this, in 2018 Ben launched and presented BBC What’s New, the BBC’s first TV programme and digital service for children in Africa. BBC What's New went viral several times, with content from it becoming the most engaged posts of all time across BBC News Africa's social media pages.
After studying a Neuroscience degree on an all-expenses paid 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 - with over 100,000 subscribers and followers.
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”.