07 September 2020 10:44
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. From October to December, other presenters will guest host in place of Dame Jenni, who has been on the radio programme for 33 years. Emma Barnett has signed up to host BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour following the departure of Dame Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey. Garvey will leave at the end of the year while Dame Jenni's last programme will be on October 1.
BBC Radio 5 Live host Barnett tweeted a picture of the Woman's Hour mic and wrote: "New radio home from January." Barnett, who has made waves with her eponymous BBC Radio 5 Live show, will be the long-running programme's main presenter. Barnett, who starts in January, said: "I can't wait to get to know the many listeners of Woman's Hour a lot, lot better. Emma Barnett will be one of the new presenters of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, it has been announced today. The broadcaster is known for her roles on current affairs show Newsnight and BBC Radio 5 Live weekdays, as well as hosting a late night Woman's Hour spin-off. Radio 4 have been on the lookout for a new presenter since the current hosts Jane Garvey and Woman's Hour's Dame Jenni Murray announced that they were both planning to leave the show.
Emma is currently the host of her eponymous award-winning BBC Radio 5 Live show, as well as being among the presenting line up of Newsnight. In a statement about the news, the presenter said: 'I can't wait to get to know the many listeners of Woman's Hour a lot, lot better. Emma Barnet, 35, has been announced as the new host of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour after Jane Garvey, 56, devastated listeners by announcing she was leaving the programme Jane, who presented the programme for 13 years, announced plans to step back from the hit show last week However controller of Radio 4, Mohit Bakaya, said she was 'delighted' Emma was joining the team, saying: '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. It comes after Radio 4 listeners were left 'devastated' after Jane announced she is quitting Woman's Hour weeks after Dame Jenni Murray said she was leaving the show. You are my favourite radio 4 presenter and of course I shall listen to your new programme but I might have to give up Woman's Hour after a 45 year habit.
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 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. From October to December, other presenters will guest-host in place of Murray, who has been on the radio programme for 33 years.