Katie Derham began her broadcasting career at the BBC, starting as a researcher on Radio 4’s Money Box. In 1995 she won the Bradford & Bingley “Best Personal Finance Broadcaster Award” for her work as a presenter on Radio 5 Live’s Moneycheck. She moved to BBC television in 1996 as a consumer affairs correspondent and was also a reporter on the long-running Film programme.
In 1998 Katie Derham joined ITN as the Media and Arts Editor for ITV News and, at the age of 27, became the youngest newscaster on British national television since ITN’s creation in 1955. In 2004, Katie Derham became the main female presenter of the ITV Lunchtime News, and a relief presenter of both the ITV Evening News and the ITV News at Ten. She also co-presented the ITV London news programme London Tonight. Katie Derham hosted her final ITV News programme on 25 June 2010.
In April 2010 it was announced that Katie Derham was to return to the BBC. Katie Derham has an arts brief, including fronting the coverage of the Proms for BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 3.
Katie Derham is a presenter of Radio 3’s Afternoon on 3 and Breakfast programmes, having previously presented the Hall of Fame Concert on Classic FM, and she presents the Traveller’s Tree series on Radio 4. Katie Derham also makes the occasional guest presenter appearance on Saturday Live.
In August 2015 the BBC announced that Katie Derham had signed up to appear in the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. Her partner was Anton du Beke. In Week 4, her and Anton Du Beke finished top of the leaderboard but in Week 9 and week 11 they performed their best dances both earning 35 out of a possible 40. In the Semi-Final they finished last for both of her dances and was in the dance-off with Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko but the judges voted them through to the final where they finished 4th of 15 couples.