Friday 9 December 2016

Jane Garvey and Peter Allen to reunite for new BBC Radio 5 live show

Published 08/06/2016 | 14:01

Peter Allen and Jane Garvey with their News Broadcaster Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2002
Peter Allen and Jane Garvey with their News Broadcaster Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2002

"Radio royalty" Jane Garvey and Peter Allen will reunite for a new BBC Radio 5 live show as the station shakes up its autumn schedule.

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The award-winning double act, who fronted 5 live Breakfast and 5 live Drive for 13 years, are set for a new Sunday evening show from 7.30pm to 10pm from September.

Allen, who has been with the station since it started in 1994, will step down from his thrice-weekly Daily show to focus on the new venture which will be a "typically wry and witty look at the week's news".

Garvey, the first ever voice on 5 live, will continue to present Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.

She said: "Working with Peter for 5 live's 20th anniversary reminded me of how annoying he is. And it brought home how much I'd missed working on the station I've never stopped listening to."

Allen added: "I did rather fancy the idea of joining her on Woman's Hour. I am sure I could have helped but the management seem curiously reluctant to accept that.

"So it's back to 5 live for both of us - cross your fingers on my behalf."

Two new stars will join the station's daytime schedule from September.

Journalist Emma Barnett will take over Allen's Daily show from 10am to 1pm three times a week, with Adrian Chiles continuing on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Formerly the women's editor of the Daily Telegraph, she is a familiar voice on the station, presenting The Hit List since 2014.

Joining from BBC's Asian Network is Nihal Arthanayake, who will fill Dan Walker's spot on the Afternoon Edition following his move to BBC Breakfast.

Arthanayake will continue to present a show on Asian Network every Friday as well as joining Sarah Brett on 5 live Monday to Thursday from 1pm to 4pm.

Jonathan Wall, controller of BBC Radio 5 live, said: "I couldn't be happier that we're reuniting radio royalty.

"Jane Garvey and Peter Allen are two of the best broadcasters in the business and their original partnership on 5 live was the perfect radio pairing.

"I'm sure our listeners will love having them back together every Sunday."

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