Clive will be the fifth host of the BBC quiz show which marks its 50th anniversary next year. Mastermind started in 1972 with Magnus Magnusson followed by Peter Snow, Clive Anderson and veteran journalist John, 77. Host Clive, 56, will begin filming the new series in Belfast in July and the show will return to screens this year.
A regular presenter of BBC News At Six and Ten since 2010, Clive has been their correspondent in Asia, Africa, Washington, Paris and Brussels. He said: “What a privilege it is to take on this new role.
“Mastermind with Magnus Magnusson formed the backdrop to my youth and now to be at the helm is a dream come true. I’m excited and can’t wait to get stuck in.”
He has also appeared as a guest on hit BBC shows including Have I Got News For You and Would I Lie To You? and earlier this year won the Royal Television Society’s award for TV journalist of the year.
Kate Phillips, BBC director of entertainment, said: “Clive will be a superb host – witty, wise and with a wicked sense of humour.
“He’s a consummate interrogator who also understands the fear involved when facing a barrage of questions in the spotlight.”
Jimmy Mulville, of Hat Trick Productions, said: “Clive was always at the top of our list and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he is going to lead us into a new era.”
Woman’s Hour host Emma Barnett tweeted: “Huge congrats matey – thrilled for you.”