Dame Jenni Murray: “Very strange” to welcome the last hour of the woman


Dame Jenni Murray is the longest-serving presenter of Radio 4

Dame Jenni Murray said it was “very strange” to welcome her last woman hour as she prepares to leave the BBC Radio 4 show after 33 years.

She added that she was “very applauded” when she received the farewell gift of a chocolate cake from celebrity chef and fellow host Mary Berry.

Dame Jenni, 70, is the 74-year-old longest-serving presenter on the show.

One of her last guests, MP Harriet Harman, praised her “tremendous legacy”.

Its finale celebrated the legacy of the program, which “offers female perspectives on the world, including how it had helped” change the conversation “on domestic violence and marital rape.

He also recalled some of his most memorable interviews, with characters as diverse as Bette Davis, Margaret Thatcher and her favorite singer Joan Baez – “the pinnacle of my career,” Dame Jenni said.

She announced in July that it was “time to move on”.

  • Dame Jenni Murray quitte Woman’s Hour

Opening her last time in the Woman’s Hour chair, Dame Jenni said, “Hello and welcome to Woman’s Hour.

“And yes, it’s really strange to say that for the last time after 33 years! ”

Novelist and poet Jackie Kay praised her for “holding up a mirror to the real world and everything that happened in it.”

Dame Jenni signed thanking all of the listeners, whom she described as “a vital part of the Woman’s Hour family.”

She also thanked “the three men in my family – David, Ed and Charlie” who, she added, had “given endless support.”

What did she achieve?


Departing Women’s Hour presenters Jenni Murray (left) and Jane Garvey in 2016

Dame Jenni received her Lady Status in 2011, in recognition of her Sony Award-winning contributions to broadcasting.

During a three-decade career on the show, the departing host also interviewed fellow Dame, Judi Dench and Saoirse Ronan; as well as Margaret Atwood and Kate McCann.

In 2006, she announced on the air that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. When she returned to work the following year, Dame Jenni spoke about her hair loss and the importance of hair in defining femininity.

Mohit Bakaya, Controller of Radio 4, congratulated her for tackling “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 of her leaving this summer. .

Outgoing chief executive Tony Hall added that “radio waves won’t be the same without it.”

Who is the new presenter?

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Media captionBroadcaster thanked their 5 Live audience for making the show “such a wonderful place”

Earlier this month, it was announced that Emma Barnett will be the new host for Woman’s Hour.

The 5 Live and Newsnight host will fill the shoes of Dame Jenni and her co-host Jane Garvey – who has also decided to step down at the end of the year.

  • Emma Barnett to present Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour
  • Jane Garvey quitte Woman’s Hour

Unlike the current arrangement, where Garvey and Dame Jenni share presentation duties, Barnett will be the main host Monday through Thursday each week.

An additional presenter will be appointed to host the Friday and Saturday editions in due course.

Barnett is already associated with the Radio 4 show, presenting its late-night spin-off and regularly chairing the Woman’s Hour Power List.

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