The Daily Telegraph

Sterling scores guest editor slot on BBC’S ‘Today’ programme

- By Anita Singh

RAHEEM STERLING is to guest edit BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, exploring social mobility and the role of sports people in society.

The England and Manchester City star is one of several public figures who will take the editorial reins in the week between Christmas and New Year.

He is the first current footballer to do so, although a former footballer – Tony Adams – filled the role in 2009.

Mina Smallman, a retired Church of England archdeacon whose daughters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman were murdered in a London park, will use her guest editorship to highlight the role of chaplaincy in times of needs, examine support for victims of crime and look at the Reclaim the Streets movement.

Other guest editors will include James Rebanks, the sheep farmer and author who accused the BBC of failing farmers with the content of Countryfil­e; Gen Sir Nick Carter, the outgoing Chief of the Defence Staff; Jacky Wright, chief digital officer for Microsoft; and Lord Dobbs, the Tory peer who this year was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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