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Bar­nett set to host ‘ra­dio moth­er­ship’ Woman’s Hour

● Pre­sen­ter prom­ises lis­ten­ers ad­ven­tures for 75th an­niver­sary year

- By SHERNA NOAH news­deskts@scots­man.com Entertainment · Radio Presenters · Television Presenters · Celebrities · BBC Radio 4 · BBC Radio Five Live · Twitter

Emma Bar­nett has been an­nounced as the new host of Woman’s Hour, join­ing the “ra­dio moth­er­ship” next year.

The news came after Jane Gar­vey and Dame Jenni Mur­ray both de­cided to quit the BBC Ra­dio 4 show.

Bar­nett, who has made waves with her epony­mous BBC Ra­dio 5 Live show, will be the long-run­ning pro­gramme’s main pre­sen­ter.

She will host from Mon­day to Thurs­day.

A sec­ond pre­sen­ter will be an­nounced for the Fri­day and Satur­day in­stal­ments.

Bar­nett, who starts in Jan­uar y, said: “I can’t wait to get to know the many lis­ten­ers of Woman’s Hour a lot, lot bet­ter.

“What ad­ven­tures we are go­ing to have to­gether – all star ting in the year that this BBC in­sti­tu­tion, the ra­dio moth­er­ship, turns 75.”

Bar­nett, who also hosts News­night, said: “I have a long love of Woman’s Hour and live ra­dio and know that this is a very spe­cial and rare op­por­tu­nity .”

Bar­nett co-pre­sented Woman’s Hour dur­ing the 2017 and 2019 gen­eral elec­tions.

Ra­dio 4 con­troller Mo hit Bakaya said: “I am de­lighted that Emma is join­ing Woman’s Hour.

“She started her BBC broad­cast­ing ca­reer on Ra­dio 4 and has con­tin­ued to be closely in­volved with the net­work in gen­eral, and Woman’s Hour in par­tic­u­lar, ever since.

“She brings a ter­rific combi

na­tion of in­tel­lec­tual inquiry, ro­bust jour­nal­ism and cu­rios­ity about the hu­man con­di­tion.

“I can’t think of any­one bet­ter to carry on the im­por­tant job of iden­ti­fy­ing and ex­plor­ing the is­sues that mat­ter most to women.”

Bar­nett will present her 5 Live show un­til the end of the year, but will con­tinue in her role at News­night after she joins Woman’s Hour.

Gar­vey, who con­tin­ues to

present Woman’s Hour un­til the end of the year, wel­comed Bar­nett’ s ap­point­ment, writ­ing on Twit­ter“the mighty Woman’s Hour marches on”.

From Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber, other presenters will guest host in place of Dame Jenni, who has been on the ra­dio pro­gramme for 33 years.

Woman’s Hour, which of­fers a fe­male per­spec­tive on the world, is one of the longestrun­ning pro­grammes on Brit

ish ra­dio. The pro­gramme first launched in 1946 on the BBC Light Pro­gramme.

In an­nounc­ing her de­par - tu re, Gar­vey had said :“It’ s been a real priv­i­lege to play a small part in the his­tory of this very spe­cial ra­dio pro­gramme.” She also said how proud she was of the pro­gramme’s re­la­tion­ship with its lis­ten­ers.

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PIC­TURE: SHUTTERSTO­CK 0 Ra­dio 5 Live pre­sen­ter Emma Bar­nett is the new Woman’s Hour host

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