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BBC hires its first correspondent for LGBT news

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Ben Hunte has become BBC's first correspondent for the community and he says it's "a dream come true."

Originally from BBC Africa, Hunte also hosts What's New a children's program on that network. 

His new position will begin in January. 

"I'm delighted... and I am looking forward to finding and telling stories from the LGBT community," he said. 

His beat will include issues from everywhere within the LGBT spectrum. 

"BBC News has a rich heritage of covering issues and debates from the LGBT community," said Richard Burgess, UK news editor for BBC News. 

He added: "This year we announced our first gender and identity correspondent, Megha Mohan, and I'm thrilled that Ben will be taking up this dedicated role which aims to strengthen our offering of LGBT stories and original journalism across the BBC."

Hunte attended University of Nottingham's Malaysia campus and earned a degree in neuroscience. That's also where he started a magazine and an events agency.

He completed an MA journalism and in 2017 took a position in BBC London TV News. Hunte has worked in radio and has a passion for working on documentaries.