Dame Jenni Murray television is set to quit Woman’s Hour after 33 years.
Dame Jenni is the oldest presenter in Radio 4’s 74-year history.
During her time on the show, she conducted memorable interviews with female figures as diverse as Bette Davis, Margaret Thatcher and Hillary Clinton; Kate McCann and Margaret Atwood.
She said it was now “time to move on”.
“I have spent almost half of my life with Woman’s Hour and it has been a privilege and a pleasure to inform, educate and entertain a loyal and growing audience of women and men,” said Dame Jenni .
“Saying goodbye will be very difficult to do, but it’s time to move on. “
In 2011, she received an honor in recognition of her contribution to broadcasting during a career that also saw her win two Sony Awards and become a member of the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.
Other highlights included interviews with actors Dame Judi Dench, Saoirse Ronan and her favorite singer, Joan Baez.
‘Incomparable and warm voice’
BBC Managing Director Tony Hall called the outgoing presenter “remarkable”, adding that “few have matched his outstanding contribution to the BBC and our audiences”.
“For over three decades, Jenni has been a unique and warm voice who has interviewed many of the world’s best known women and helped illuminate the issues that matter. Radio waves won’t be the same without it, ”he added.
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Dame Jenni announced on air in 2006 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. When she returned to work the following year, she spoke about her hair loss and the importance of hair in defining femininity.
Mohit Bakaya, Controller of Radio 4, congratulated her for bringing up “important issues” and having “difficult conversations about the experiences of women”.
“I want to thank her for her wonderful commitment to Woman’s Hour, to Radio 4 in general, and for the passion she has shown for the topics explored during her time on the show,” Bakaya said.
Dame Jenni’s final program will air on October 1 and a new host for Women’s Hour will be announced in due course.
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