The veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby received a standing ovation at the end of the recording of his last edition of question time tonight.
Tribute poured in for the 80-year-old news editor, whose place the BBC flagship for the current affairs of the debate program will be held by Fiona Bruce for the first edition of the next series on 10 January.
Politicians, former panellists, spectators, journalists and cameramen have praised the professionalism, admissibility and politeness of Mr. Dimbleby during his quarter of a century at the helm.
An emotional David Dimbleby is praised by studio guests and the audience as he bows
The question-hour public in Southwark came up tonight to mark the last broadcast of David Dimbleby as president, after 25 years
Expulsion: David Dimbleby, chairman of BBC's flagship current affairs debate program Question Time since 1994, presented his latest broadcast tonight
Piers Morgan has memories of his 22 appearances in Dimbleby's 25 years on the program, tweeting that the couple's "lots of laughs, gibbling and heated debate". had shared and the chairman a & # 39; big broadcaster & # 39; and a & # 39; great guy & # 39; called.
Julia Hartley-Brewer tweeted her "enormous love and respect for the fantastic David Dimbleby & # 39; and called him & # 39; a real pro & # 39; and & # 39; a bloody scream at dinner after the show & # 39 ;.
Last week during the penultimate show, former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore said that the "only two things that really have continuity in this country." Her Majesty the Queen and David Dimbleby & # 39;
Journalists including Piers Morgan (tweet pictured left) and Julia Hartley-Brewer (tweet pictured right) praised the management of Mr. Dimbleby of the program
Telegraafjournalist and panelist of Question Time Tim Stanley said: "He has the eye of a journalist: it is not about choreographing events, but about observing and analyzing them.
He is, as a leading TV veteran told me, perhaps the last connection with the golden age of Robin Day, Alastair Burnett or Brian Walden, of journalists with a broad interest but a specific talent to recognize the relevant question . & # 39;
The radio broadcaster Iain Dale called Mr. Dimbleby & # 39; one of the biggest broadcasters of our time & # 39; and & # 39; a setting & # 39 ;, and added & # 39; It is almost impossible to propose someone else who presents the program & # 39 ;.
He praised the 'professionalism and politeness & # 39; from the presenter.
A 1994 Radio Times list reveals the very first panel of Mr Dimbleby former chancellor Ken Clarke and the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown.
A Steadicam operator who had filmed the editions of the program, James Elias, talked about his & # 39; fun & # 39; in working with a & # 39; broadcast legend & # 39; and others on Twitter said that the presenter & # 39; would be seriously missed & # 39 ;.
The guests of Mr Dimbleby for tonight's last broadcast were:
- Nicky Morgan, conservative member of parliament and supporter of the Brexit deal from Theresa May
- Angela Rayner, Labor MP and secretary for shadow education
- David Davis, Conservative MEP and former Brexit Sectretary who resigned in protest against Ms. May's plans this summer
- Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP and former party leader who is one of the leaders of the campaign for a popular vote & # 39; about the conditions of the Brexit deal
- and comedian, and former psychiatric nurse, Jo Brand
After the recording, Caroline Lucas told MailOnline: "It is crucial that politicians are called to account and that people throughout the country have the opportunity to challenge them.
"For 25 years, David has played a central role in the political debate in this country – and always keeps us sharp.
David Dimbleby, son of the broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, joined the BBC in the 1960s and anchored the coverage of the 1979 elections as well as the subsequent ten
Dimbleby, 80, has said that he has no plans to retire, but will return to his & # 39; first love & # 39 ;, reporting.
Dimbleby wore a blue scorpio bandage (depicted on the right) – apparently a reference to the scorpion tattoo he'd done on his shoulder five years ago (pictured on the left) and his constellation Scorpio
I have seen the most experienced politicians quiver of the nerves before they came to question time – and I certainly feel so myself – because he has the gift to get to the heart of the matter and – rightly so – lets politicians get away with nothing. & # 39;
Dimbleby wore a blue tie decorated with scorpions for his last broadcast – seemingly a reference to the scorpion tattoo he received on his right shoulder at the age of 75.
He said about inking: & # 39; You are only once old. I have always wanted a tattoo. I thought I could do it just as well. It is a dream that suits me. & # 39;
In an evening dominated by the Brexit debate, which included ten screams of members of the public, Mr Dimbleby brought David Davis to work at a certain point when the former Brexit secretary did not want to ask a question, and said : & # 39; I am presiding this. & # 39;
The host received a standing ovation from his panelists
At the end of the program, after receiving a standing ovation from the audience and his panel, Dimbleby said the program meant "the end of his tenure as chairman", but said that the show, more than only other thing he worked on was a team performance.
He said: & # 39; I wanted to end up thanking the people who have made it possible in the past 25 years: the editors, the producers, the researchers, the directors, our technical back-up. & # 39;
He ended up thanking the team that had set up the studio & # 39; s and selected audiences, them & # 39; our engine room & # 39; and in a nod to criticism of the observed BBC prejudices he said that the work was "as we know, with the political pressure on us, not easy."
He signed by thanking his studio audience and the 100,000 people who have made up the question-hour public over the years, before Fiona Bruce's first edition on January 10 was put in the chair and ended: & # 39; From me, a Merry Christmas, and not goodbye, but goodnight. & # 39;
Under the outpouring of praise and respect on Twitter were occasionally ready-made sides against & # 39; bias & # 39; from Mr. Dimbleby or the program – from all points of the political spectrum.
Some criticized the panel online because it included two conservatives, while others were targeting the complexion of four Remainers to one Leaver.
Question time to have his first female host in 40 years
News At Six and Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce, 54, will replace Mr Dimbley from January and become the first fulltime female presenter in his 40-year history.
His father, John, who left school to become a postman when he was sixteen, became regional director of Unilever in Singapore, where Bruce was born.
Mrs Bruce takes over the program
She went to an international school in Milan and London girls public school Haberdashers & # 39; Aske & # 39; s for reading French and Italian and Hertford College, Oxford.
She said she was a bit of a punk when she sang in rock bands in Oxford and her hair turned blue & # 39; – while she remained a serious student.
She joined BBC Panorama in 1989 as a researcher and worked at BBC Breakfast News and Newsnight before joining News At Six in 1999. She also organized Crimewatch co-host for eight years.
She is now best known for the BBC News at Ten and the Antiques Roadshow, and reportedly she has performed excellently in recent auditions for the role of the Question Time.
When her appointment was announced, Mrs. Bruce said: "It is an honor to be asked to take on one of the BBC's major political programs, especially in a time of such a period." historic change for the United Kingdom and tumult in Westminster.
"For many years, question time has been presented by one of my television heroes, so I am excited and not a bit afraid to step into his shoes. & # 39;
The time in which Mr Dimbleby presided over the program – an office that includes the collapse of the main government, the Blair landslide, the Iraq war, the scandal of parliamentary spending, the financial crisis, the coalition government and the Brexit – is not without controversy.
In 2009, the BBC chose to invite the British National Party leader Nick Griffin to take part in the debate, for a show that would be the most watched series of the show – which began in 1979 – with an audience of more than eight million .
Mr. Dimbleby said that instead of no-platforming & # 39; the BNP he wanted to expose their opinions & # 39; to an audience.
He told the Front Row program of BBC Radio 4: The idea to expose the BNP or, to make it more objective or inequitable, allow the BNP to meet an audience and ask questions from them. answering, seemed to me the right thing to do – as long as they were a substantial political party or a party big enough to be included. & # 39;
Other heated moments included mockery and anger from the public for Tory chairman Eric Pickles at the height of the spending scandal when he declared that he had two houses because he needed a home near Westminster to attend meetings.
& # 39; Like a job with other words & # 39 ;, said Dimbleby, to a much warmer response from the audience.
He was also applauded by silencing former television host Terry Christian at the beginning of this year and said: "It gets boring, you get boring", after he begged his guest in the first place, stop, stop , stop, stop, stop please. & # 39;
And when a member of the public last year did not stop Remain activist Gina Miller, the presenter told him in no uncertain terms that he had to leave & # 39; – what he did.
David Dimbleby, whose father Richard was a revered BBC broadcaster and whose brother Jonathan hosts the equivalent of Question Time, Any Questions, on Radio 4, joined the BBC as a reporter in Bristol in the 1960s.
He anchored the BBC & # 39; s overnight stay in the 1979 general election – a role he would retain for the next ten general elections – as well as the cover of the funerals of Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher, the Golden Jubilee of the Queen and the debates of the leaders in the run-up. until the general elections of 2010.
He has said that he does not intend to retire, but will return to his & # 39; first love & # 39 ;, to report back.
Press Association reporter Lewis McKenzie (tweet pictured left) and former Telegraph editor Charles Moore (pictured right of the show last week) paid tribute to Mr Dimbleby