The BBC has today announced the new face of popular regional current affairs strand Inside Out. Lukwesa Burak will take over TV screens when the series returns to BBC One East Midlands on Monday 5 September at 7:30pm. Settling down in the East Midlands after moving to the UK from South Africa, Lukwesa started out by presenting the weather on East Midlands Today before moving into news reporting. She went on to spend several years reporting the news on Sky News in London and Al Jazeera English in Doha before returning to the home to present on BBC Radio Leicester and now Inside Out. Speaking of her new role, she said: “It's fantastic to be back working in the East Midlands. While I’ve always lived in the region, my work has taken me further afield but I’m excited to be home. “Inside Out gets to the heart of what I love; questioning, discovering and learning more about what this fabulous region has to offer. The human story is a powerful one and comes in so many forms and travelling around the East Midlands with the Inside Out team is something I hope you will appreciate as much as I do.”
In a new series of Inside Out the team follow up last year’s investigation of warehouse working conditions at Sports Direct to find out what’s changed at the headquarters in Shirebrook, they uncover how many cyclists have been injured on tram tracks in Nottingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh; plus they follow the vigilantes who are tracking down fly-tippers. Sally Bowman, editor of Inside Out East Midlands, said: “We’ve got some truly surprising stories coming up on Inside Out East Midlands next month and we’re delighted to have Lukwesa on board as part of our team. She’s a fantastic journalist and a real asset to the programme.” Inside Out returns to BBC One East Midlands on Monday 5 September at 7:30pm.