Emma Burnett will be one of the new presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Oman Hour, it was announced today.
The broadcaster is known for its role in current affairs and shows NewsNath and BBC Radio 5 live weekdays, as well as hosting Women’s Hour Hour Spin Off at night.
Current host Jane Garvey and Women’s Hour’s Dame Jenny Murray have announced that they are both planning to release the show, Radio 4 is looking for a new announcer.
For Dame Jenny, it was the culmination of a historic run that saw him become the station’s longest-serving performer before the Women’s Hour for a total of 33 years.
“I have spent almost half of my life with Women’s Hour and it has been a special opportunity and joy for me to inform, educate and entertain a loyal and growing audience of women and men,” she said in a statement.
“It will be very difficult to say goodbye, but it’s time to move on.”
Amal Rajan, an editor at the BBC, first reported the news and claimed that no decision had yet been made on the second announcer.
Launched in 1946, Women’s Hour has worked on a wide range of topics and features special guests ranging from the Phoebe Waller Bridge in Flybag to the surviving Dr. Edith Eger of Auschwitz.
In a recent post on Twitter, Barnett described Women Hour as her “new radio home” and revealed that she would be there from January next year.
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– Emma Burnett (@Mbabernet) September 7, 2020
Jane announced that she would be leaving Women’s Hour last week, saying, “It was a real opportunity to play a small role in the history of this very special radio show.
“On an unforgettable day, I interviewed David Cameron in the morning and Mary J. Bliss in the afternoon. There is no other work like this. But people are not involved in Hour because of famous people.
“This is because the issues and challenges that are still being discussed in the show that no one else is coming up with. I am very proud of our relationship with the audience and the trust they have placed in us.
BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour airs Monday-Thursday at 10am. If you are looking to see something else, check out our TV guide.