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Classic FM signs up former BBC newsreader Moira Stuart

The broadcaster will appear on a number of programmes and will also host her own Saturday show from next July.

Broadcaster Moira Stuart has joined Classic FM as a new presenter.

From February, the ex-BBC TV newsreader will be on-air weekdays during the breakfast show with Tim Lihoreau, doing hourly bulletins from 6am until 9am.

She will also appear for the first hour of the station’s flagship morning programme, hosted by John Suchet, until 10am.

From July, Stuart, 69, will then join the station’s weekend line-up to host her own Saturday afternoon show, Moira Stuart’s Hall of Fame Concert.

The programme “will include legendary recordings of best-loved works from the classical music canon”, Classic FM said, and will air from 3pm to 5pm.

The station said she will present a new weekend show in the autumn.

Stuart said: “I couldn’t be more excited and delighted to be joining the Classic FM family.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a whole new journey, with people I really like and admire.”

Stuart became a Radio 4 newsreader after beginning her BBC career as a radio production assistant.

She moved to TV in 1981, becoming the UK’s first female African-Caribbean newsreader.

After being dropped from BBC TV in 2007, presenting roles have included Radio 2’s Best Of Jazz and a guest slot on Have I Got News For You.

She has read the news bulletins on Chris Evans’s BBC Radio 2 breakfast show since 2010.

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Moira Stuart was the first African-Caribbean female newsreader on British television (PA Archive/PA)

Sam Jackson, managing editor of Classic FM, said: “Moira is a broadcasting legend and is known to millions of people on television and radio so I am thrilled that she has chosen Classic FM as her new home.

“Her passion for classical music and decades of experience make her the perfect addition to our 2019 line-up.

“From her morning news bulletins to her new weekend show – and with another new series to follow – I know that our 5.2 million weekly listeners will join me in welcoming her to Classic FM next year.”

Stuart joins the likes of Alexander Armstrong, Myleene Klass, Bull Turnbull, Alan Titchmarsh and Charlotte Hawkins on the classical music station.

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