Radio 4’s new Late Night Woman’s Hour show will be hosted by Lauren Laverne.
The monthly programme, starting tonight, comes as Woman’s Hour prepares to celebrate 70 years on air this October.
It follows a Late Night Woman’s Hour series which aired in August 2015 with an eight-part series presented by Lauren Laverne and Jane Garvey. The new monthly programme will be now available as an extended podcast online first on the last Thursday of the month (starting today and then broadcast the following day, Friday at 11pm on Radio 4. In addition, this February Woman’s Hour will also launch The Green Room, a pilot BBC taster video project aimed at younger women.
The BBC says Late Night Woman’s Hour will complement the daily magazine programme, taking individual topics and giving them more time for an intimate, focused and in-depth conversation.
Lauren first appeared as a Guest Editor on Woman’s Hour in 2014. She says: “I’m so excited to be part of the Woman’s Hour team. Woman’s Hour has a wonderful history, but has also never felt more relevant. I’ve been a listener for years and hope that our late-night shows can continue the programme’s fearless, surprising and engaging line of inquiry, finding out more about women’s lives today.”
Alice Feinstein, Woman’s Hour Editor says: “This October we’ll be marking our 70th anniversary and I’m immensely proud that as we approach that milestone Woman’s Hour continues to evolve. We still report on the issues that affect the lives of women often seldom discussed elsewhere, our daily programme is hugely popular with audiences, both male and female, and our podcast has allowed us to connect with even more listeners digitally.
“For 70 years Woman’s Hour has been at the cutting edge of women’s experience of the world and it’s clear that now, perhaps more than ever, that young women are engaged and interested these issues. I’m excited that the launch of Late Night Woman’s Hour with Lauren Laverne and The Green Room adds to our offer for our audience.”
Woman’s Hour broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 at 10am, Monday-Friday and on Saturday’s at 4pm. Plans for the 70th anniversary will be announced later in the year.