Diamond switches from TV face to radio voice

Anne Diamond, the erstwhile face of morning television, has now taken to local radio as the voice of BBC Radio Oxford’s breakfast show.

Diamond who teamed up with Nick Owen in the early nineties on BBC One’s Good Morning With Anne and Nick – the corporation’s answer to ITV’s Good Morning – is joining BBC Radio Oxford 95.2 FM in October.

Prior to her four-year stint as one half of the BBC’s equivalent of Richard and Judy, Diamond was a presenter on the UK’s first breakfast television channel TV-AM until 1986, again with Nick Owen, who is now an anchor on local BBC news Midlands Today.

Since then she has seen her presented programmes for BBC Radio 4, Channel 4 and Channel 5. And as journalist who began her career on the Bournemouth Echo in 1978, she has written columns for the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Woman’s Own. In a less than journalistic role she featured on Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother.

Diamond also launched a nationwide campaign lobbying government and health institutions, to promote research into cot deaths, after losing her own child.

“I am thrilled to be back with the BBC – especially presenting the 95.2FM Breakfast Show for my adopted county, and as a working mother my show even fits in with the school run,” said Diamond.

Steve Taschini, her new boss and executive editor, BBC Oxford, said he was pleased “to have a presenter of Anne’s experience and calibre joining the team at a key time in the station’s history.”

By Wale Azeez


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