She’s been at the helm of Radio 4’s New Quiz for 28 series, and now, Sandi Toksvig says it’s time to move on.
Sandi will be leaving the comedy show at the end of the next series after hosting the show for nine years. Her last show will be on Friday 26th June 2015.
“The News Quiz is one of the things I am proudest of in my professional life,” Sandi says. “From the beginning when I arrived as a rather nervous panellist almost a quarter of a century ago, I have always enjoyed it and was overwhelmed when asked to become host back in 2006.
“Now I have decided it is time to move on and of course, I feel sad but I think it’s the right moment. The show is in great shape and like a good house guest, you should always depart when people still wish you’d stay a bit longer.
“Radio 4 is family to me and I have no intention of disappearing entirely and who knows, maybe I can come back one day to The News Quiz as a guest and muck about a bit?”
Last year Sandi was awarded an OBE for Services to Broadcasting in the New Year’s Honours List and was inducted to the Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame. She first appeared as a panellist in 1992, when the programme was chaired by Barry Took.
There have been over 100 panellists with Sandi as chair, including Armando Iannucci (also a former producer of the programme), regulars Susan Calman and Jeremy Hardy as well as David Mitchell, Jo Brand, Andy Hamilton, Phill Jupitus, Rebecca Front, Samira Ahmed and Sarah Millican.
Gwyneth Williams, Controller of BBC Radio 4, says: “Sandi is one of Radio 4’s most talented and respected presenters. She will be hugely missed from The News Quiz and I want to thank her for her contribution over so many years. She brought her own inimitable wit, humanity and intelligence to The News Quiz – and above all that irresistible laugh. The News Quiz is in excellent health; thank you, Sandi, for chairing it with such style.”
Radio 4 will now begin considering options in terms of the future host and will make an announcement later this year.
The News Quiz was first broadcast in 1977 and is now in its 86th series. The series, which was created by John Lloyd, was first chaired by Barry Norman and subsequently by Simon Hoggart and Barry Took before Sandi Toksvig took over in September 2006.