BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour invites five outstanding women to guest edit the programme

Katie Price, Arianna Huffington, Baroness Helena Kennedy, Charlotte Church and Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin will each choose the content for one edition

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BBC Radio 4’s Woman's Hour Takeover returns with a week of guest editors, this year broadcasting from Monday 16 - Friday 20 July. The line-up across the week is TV star Katie Price; Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Queen and to the Speaker of the House of Commons; Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC; Singer-songwriter, Charlotte Church; and Founder of the Huffington Post, now CEO of Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington. Each guest editor will share their perspective on topics important to them and join regular presenters Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey to explain their choices.

On Monday 16 July Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Queen and Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons will look at why knife and gun crime is the responsibility of the whole community.

Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin says: “Woman’s Hour is a renowned flagship programme, so being asked to be a guest editor is a rather surreal and exciting moment! I have chosen subject matters that are very dear to my heart. As a woman, I have long been a great admirer of the way many who have gone before us have made sacrifices that often they did not truly benefit from… And I weep with the families and the communities who are losing loved ones weekly to these senseless killings. I know that unless their story becomes our story, we will never solve this problem.”

On Tuesday 17 July Helena Kennedy, QC will ask if men pay a price for gender equality and whether women are saving the publishing world with their book-reading habits.

Helena Kennedy says: “I have always loved Woman’s Hour - largely because I learn something new whenever I listen or take part. I am thrilled to guest edit. What an honour. The challenge now is to get that eclectic mix when I’m in the driving seat.”

Charlotte Church (Wednesday 18 July) will investigate the UK’s education system and how to go about setting up a school.

Charlotte Church says: “My edition of Woman’s Hour will look at what a school could look like if we focused on what children need and put creativity at the heart of all learning and teaching. My children are fast approaching secondary school age, and in my opinion the current school system is not fit for purpose. I want to ask what effect it's having on our young adults as well as what we can do to change it.”

On Thursday 19 July Katie Price will ask at what stage online abuse should become a criminal offence and why theme parks don't have wheelchair-friendly and sensory stimulation rides.

Katie Price says: “I can’t wait! I would like to discuss some controversial topics close to my heart which I feel passionate about and understand people’s views on these. I have so much to talk about… I would like to create awareness for people who can relate to my topics if it helps just one person out there to know they are not alone or address issues which can make small changes to people’s lives then I have done my job.”

Arianna Huffington will delve into a range of topics in Friday’s edition (20 July) including what might be done to end the global stress and burnout epidemic.

Arianna Huffington says: "We’re living at a time of a global epidemic of stress and burnout, which is being amplified by technology and our “always-on” culture. And women pay the highest price when long hours and the macho culture of always being “on” is taken as a proxy for commitment and dedication. So I’m thrilled to be able to talk with BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about how women can reject the delusion that burnout is the price they have to pay for success. We can be productive, successful, engaged in the world and thrive, by prioritising our well-being."

Karen Dalziel, Woman’s Hour Editor says: “Takeover is one of the highlights of the Woman’s Hour calendar, and this year we have an incredible line up of five women who will share their great expertise. However it’s the willingness of these women to reveal some very personal insights in to their own families and lives that will make this week so special.”

Woman’s Hour launched the Takeover week in 2014 with JK Rowling, Doreen Lawrence, Kelly Holmes and Naomi Alderman. Since then guest editors have included Kim Cattrall and Nimco Ali (2015), Mary Berry and Angelina Jolie (2016) and last year, Ellie Simmonds and Shirley Hughes.

Woman’s Hour broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 at 10am, Monday-Friday and on Saturday’s at 4pm. The daily podcast can be downloaded from the BBC Radio iPlayer app.

Jane Garvey will present the Takeover week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Jenni Murray will present on Thursday and Friday.

Previous Takeovers


April 2014: JK Rowling, Doreen Lawrence, Kelly Holmes and Naomi Alderman

September 2015: Kim Cattrall, Nimco Ali, Bishop Rachel Treweek, Michelle Mone and Dame Jacqueline Wilson

June 2016: Mary Berry, Eniola Aluko, Jackie Kay, Professor Sunetra Gupta and Angelina Jolie

June 2017: Ellie Simmonds, Zawe Ashton, Shirley Hughes, Dame Ann Dowling and Karen Blackett

Source BBC Radio 4

July 16, 2018 11:00am by BBC Radio 4  

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