Woodford Green student is down to final 10 hopefuls to be new Blue Peter presenter

A Woodford Green student who loves going on trekking and climbing adventures around the world is in the running to become a Blue Peter presenter.

Ben Hunte, 21, a University of Nottingham student, has made it to the final 10 of 20,000 candidates being considered for the prestigious television role.

The next presenter to join Blue Peter, the longest-running children’s programme in the world which first aired in 1958, will be decided by a show on CBBC.

Ben, whose passions are travelling, performing arts and food, will compete against the other nine hopefuls in a series of challenges on Blue Peter: You Decide! set to air later this month.

Ben said: “I’m unlike anyone who has been on Blue Peter before and I’m up for anything.

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“I’m always laughing and constantly looking for opportunities to try something new. To get this far is unbelievable.”

He has spent the last three years studying psychology and cognitive neuroscience on a full scholarship at Nottingham University’s Malaysia campus.

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Viewers will be able to vote for one of the final three candidates online from July 22.

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