Jane Garvey joins Radio 4's Woman's Hour

Veteran BBC Radio Five Live presenter Jane Garvey is joining BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour as a presenter, replacing Martha Kearney.

The move follows last week’s announcement that Garvey was leaving Five Live after 13 years.

Garvey, who is married to fellow Five Live collegue Adrian Chiles, was the first voice to be heard on Five Live when it launched in March 1994.

Since 2002, she has co-presented the drivetime show with Peter Allen.

“Woman’s Hour is part of radio history and I’m thrilled to be given the chance to present a programme that has a special place in so many people’s lives,” she said.

Garvey will join Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray in October and will be replaced by Anita Anand, who currently presents the late-night slot.

The Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer said: “I have been a fan of Jane’s work for many years and am thrilled that she will be joining Woman’s Hour. It’s a very good day for Radio 4.

“She has verve and wit and she has demonstrated over many years an ability to deal with a huge array of current affairs topics.”

Martha Kearney left Woman’s Hour earlier this year to become the new presenter of BBC Radio 4’s World At One, following the death of Nick Clarke.

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