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World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee to guest edit BBC Radio 4’s Today show

By Darren Boyle

World wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee will guest edit an edition of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme over Christmas week.

In an annual tradition, the show from 26 December to 31 December is edited by a different celebrity or worthy individual every day.

In the past, Bono, Prof Stephen Hawking and actor Colin Firth, who shot to fame in the film adaptation of Nick Hornby's classic novel Fever Pitch, have influenced the agenda-setting radio show. 

As well as Berners-Lee, singer PJ Harvey will feature alongside former director general of MI5 Baroness Manningham-Buller and group chief executive of Barclays, Antony Jenkins.

And for something completely different the final member of the guest editing team is Michael Palin

Berners-Lee will use his show to ask what listeners want from the internet following 25 years of the world wide web.

Harvey will showcase new musical talent, while former spy chief Manningham-Buller will reveal the use of pigeons in espionage.

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Palin will discuss criticism of Life of Brian alongside fellow Python John Cleese.

Jamie Angus, editor of Today, said: "For the past 10 years, BBC Radio 4 Today's Christmas guest editors have brought a surprising and refreshing editorial perspective to some of our biggest running stories, as well as unearthing original treasures that we'd never have found by ourselves."

Each of the guests will be responsible for half of the output during their programmes.

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