24/Apr/2014 - Last News Update: 23:35

Sian Williams to rejoin Radio 4 from BBC Breakfast

Category: Entertainment

Published: 1st Mar 2012 09:54:52

BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams is to rejoin Radio 4, as co-host of a revamped and extended Saturday Live.

Williams, who will leave the morning television show ahead of its move to Salford, will also present BBC One news bulletins and co-host Olympic coverage.

The presenter chose not to relocate north because of family commitments.

"The opportunity to host Saturday Live with Reverend Richard Coles is too good to miss," said Williams. "It's a warm and witty way to start the weekend."

Williams' co-host Bill Turnbull will continue to front the BBC's flagship breakfast show, with Susanna Reid, when it moves to the BBC's northern headquarters in the Spring.

Williams will make her final appearance on BBC Breakfast on 15 March, after 11 years sharing the sofa with Turnbull. She begins work on Saturday Live in May.

The 46-year-old presenter began her career in local radio, before moving to Radio 4 where she was a producer for seven years.

"I'm thrilled to be coming home to Radio 4," said Williams.

Saturday Live presenter, the Reverend Richard Coles, said: "Many a morning I have spent watching Sian on BBC One, so I am greatly looking forward to sitting across the table from the real version on Saturday mornings for Radio 4.

"Emerging rumours of a tempestuous affair I will neither confirm nor deny."

The award-winning Saturday Live will be extended from an hour to 90 minutes, with John McCarthy and Sandi Toksvig - formerly of Excess Baggage - joining the show.

"Extending Saturday Live is an idea I have had brewing for quite some time and Sian has been part of my thinking from the start," said Radio 4 controller, Gwyneth Williams.

"She is someone I know the Radio 4 audience will take to their hearts."

Source:
BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. Sian Williams to rejoin Radio 4 from BBC Breakfast [Online] (Updated 1st Mar 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1415049/Sian-Williams-to-rejoin-Radio-4-from-BBC-Breakfast [Accessed 25th Apr 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Teenager cut free from child's swing at Rhyl park

    A 15 year-old girl has been cut free after becoming trapped in a children's swing in a park in Denbighshire.
  • Human skin grown in lab 'can replace animal testing'

    Skin grown in the laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, UK scientists say.
  • Bernie Ecclestone: Q&A on Formula 1 supremo's bribery trial

    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone made his first appearance in a Munich court on Thursday, accused of giving a £27.5m ($45m, 33m euros) bribe to a German banker.
  • Scottish independence: Ed Miliband makes case for Union

    Scottish independence would leave working people north and south of the border worse off, Ed Miliband has claimed.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Ditchling Museum and Tate Britain vie for Art Fund Prize

    A village museum in East Sussex will go up against Tate Britain and the new £35m Mary Rose Museum in a contest to be named the UK's museum of the year.