08/01/2010

Moira Set For BBC Comeback

Although aged 60, and previoulsy 'dropped' by the broadcaster, presenter Moira Stuart is gearing up for a welcome return to the BBC.

The move comes two years after she was dropped from her role in television broadcasting - prompting accusations of ageism.

Stuart, a veteran in broadcasting for decades has joined the line-up for Radio 2's new breakfast show with host Chris Evans and will be announcing regular news bulletins during the programme.

Evans, who has replaced Terry Wogan's primetime slot said: "It doesn't get any better than Moira Stuart. The voice, the authority, the style, the class, plus a side of her the majority of people have never seen before.

"She's funny, she’s cheeky and dare I say it – ever such a little bit naughty. Always brilliant on the telly, I predict she’s going to be even better on the radio. In fact, I know she will be."
News Image
Previously a news anchor on Andrew Marr's Sunday morning show, Stewart has also been a key player in presenting BBC's main TV bulletins.

She began her BBC career as a production assistant in Radio's Talks and Documentaries department in the 1970s, before moving into announcing. Stewart was later to become the UK’s first female African-Caribbean newsreader.

She is also noted for presenting Channel 4's Dispatches programme focusing on ageism, receiving an OBE back in 2001 and winning numerous awards including the Women of Achievement Television Personality award.

Stewart is said to be delighted with her new role and commented: "I'm delighted to be joining The Chris Evans Breakfast Show team at Radio 2. We'll certainly have some fun."

Her new role is dubbed, a shrewd move by the BBC who are said to have hired another four new female presenters over the age of 50.

The Chris Evans show runs weekdays from 7am to 9.30am.

(BMcN/BMcC)

Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

09 February 2011
BBC Radio To 'Extend Its Distinctive Appeal'
A BBC Trust review has concluded that BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio 7 are much loved and highly valued by the millions of licence fee payers that listen every week.
26 October 2004
Veteran radio presenter John Peel dies
The veteran radio presenter John Peel has died while on holiday in Peru, it has emerged today. The 65-year-old father of four, who was the corporation's longest-serving radio broadcaster, suffered a heart attack at the holiday resort of Cuzco last night. His wife Sheila was at the resort with him.
29 April 2004
More peak time arts, current affairs and documentaries, say BBC
The BBC has promised to air more arts, current affairs and documentaries during peak time viewing. Publishing the Corporation's 'Statements of Programme Policy for 2004/2005' the BBC has underscored a commitment to reduce 'make-over' drama programmes.
22 July 2004
BBC's Richard Sambrook takes up new post
Richard Sambrook, the man who headed BBC news when Andrew Gilligan broadcast his now notorious report claiming the government probably knew its '45-minute claim' over Iraq's WMDs was wrong, has moved to a new post.
26 April 2004
Chat show veteran Parkinson moves to ITV
ITV has signed up BBC chat show veteran Michael Parkinson on a two-year deal, it has emerged today. Mr Parkinson, who has hosted his eponymously-titled programme for 18 years, said that he decided to move to commercial broadcaster ITV after his Saturday night primetime slot was threatened by the return of Match of the Day.