Jane Garvey to leave Woman’s Hour


BBC Radio 4

Jane Garvey has decided to leave Woman’s Hour at the end of the year, and will host her own high profile interview series on Radio 4 in 2021.

Jane says: "It's been a real privilege to play a small part in the history of this very special radio programme. On one unforgettable day, I interviewed David Cameron in the morning, and Mary J. Blige in the afternoon. There's no other job like it.

"But famous people are not the reason people engage with Woman’s Hour. It's because the programme still talks about the subjects and challenges no one else goes near. I'm very proud of our relationship with the audience and the trust they place in us.”

Mohit Bakaya, Controller of Radio 4, says: “When it comes to the art of radio presenting there are few that can match the brilliance of Jane Garvey. And whilst I understand that she feels it is time to move on after a terrific 13 years presenting Woman’s Hour, I am thrilled that she will stay on the network, presenting her own interview series, as well as becoming a regular late night fixture, along with Fi Glover, as the acclaimed Fortunately podcast comes to the Radio 4 schedule.”

Jane’s new programme, in which she will interview people with extraordinary stories and experiences to tell from across the UK, will air on Radio 4 at 9am from April 2021. In addition Fortunately… with Fi and Jane, the award-winning podcast Jane co-hosts with Fi Glover, is moving to the broadcast schedule from January 2021. It has become one of Radio 4’s most popular podcasts, with millions of plays and downloads, and features a huge range of guests including Nadiya Hussein and Ruth Jones in upcoming episodes.

Jane has been one of the presenters of Woman’s Hour since 2007. Her highlights include programmes marking important legal changes for women, including 100 years of women’s suffrage, and the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act. She interviewed Sally Challen, who was freed from prison when coercive control became a crime, and actor Rose Mc Gowan about her experiences with Harvey Weinstein and the #Metoo movement.

Jane’s genuine interest in women’s daily lives has taken her inside places like the Anawim Women's Centre in Birmingham, Styal Prison and an eating disorders clinic and provided some of her most memorable moments and remarkable conversations.

New Woman’s Hour presenters will be announced in due course. More details on Jane’s new programme will be announced later in the year.

Woman’s Hour broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 at 10am Mondays-Fridays, and 4pm on Saturdays. The daily podcast can be downloaded from BBC Sounds.

Source BBC Radio 4

September 4, 2020 12:05pm ET by BBC Radio 4  

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