Jane Garvey is returning to 5 live for a new Sunday evening 7.30 – 10pm programme, reuniting with Peter Allen.
The pair fronted 5 live Breakfast and 5 live Drive together for 13 years.
Peter is stepping down from 5 live Daily, which he currently hosts three days a week, but will continue to host specials. Jane continues to present Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.
In other changes, Emma Barnett will take over Peter’s three daily shows from September. She’ll host the programme on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Adrian Chiles will continue on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Emma’s been a regular voice on BBC Radio 5 live since 2014, when she began presenting The Hit List.
Also joining 5 live’s daytime line-up is BBC Asian Network presenter Nihal Arthanayake, who will present Afternoon Edition Monday to Thursday alongside Sarah Brett. Nihal takes over from Dan Walker, who joined BBC Breakfast earlier this year.
Nihal will end his daily show on Asian Network, but continue Friday 10am – 1pm in addition the the new 5 live job.
Jonathan Wall, controller of BBC Radio 5 live, says: “I couldn’t be happier that we’re reuniting radio royalty. Jane Garvey and Peter Allen are two of the best broadcasters in the business and their original partnership on 5 live was the perfect radio pairing. I’m sure our listeners will love having them back together every Sunday.
“Peter, with his wealth of experience and expertise, will continue to be a significant voice on the station.
“We’re also introducing two of the most exciting talents in UK radio to our daytime line-up. Emma Barnett has done a great job since she started on 5 live in 2014 and deserves her own programme in the heart of our daytime schedule. I’m looking forward to the energy and edge she will bring to 5 live Daily.
“Nihal is already a multi-award-winning broadcaster who knows how to connect with listeners, as he demonstrates daily on his Asian Network show. He’ll join Sarah Brett on Afternoon Edition. Sarah has done an outstanding job since she joined the station nearly two years ago. I think Sarah and Nihal have the potential to be another brilliant 5 live partnership.”
Jane Garvey says: “Working with Peter for 5 live’s 20th anniversary reminded me of how annoying he is. And it brought home how much I’d missed working on the station I’ve never stopped listening to.”
Peter Allen says: “It’s hard to believe it’s nine years since Jane and I hosted a regular programme together – harder still to imagine that partnership lasted 13 years before it collapsed.
“I did rather fancy the idea of joining her on Woman’s Hour. I am sure I could have helped but the management seem curiously reluctant to accept that.
“So it’s back to 5 live for both of us – cross your fingers on my behalf.”
Emma Barnett will present 5 live Daily on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from September. The programme goes out between 10am and 1pm.
Emma says: “I can’t wait to get started on my new daytime show on 5 live. I want my programme to be a place where people share strong views and have conversations that would normally happen in private. I plan on taking the 5 live listeners to some very unique places, landing major interviews that pack a journalistic punch and – of course – having a good laugh along the way. Listeners to my Sunday evening show, the 5 live Hit List, will know I’m fond of irreverence, and keen to get to the crux of a decent story. Roll on September…’’
Nihal will join Sarah Brett on Afternoon Edition, which airs on Mondays to Thursdays from 1pm until 4pm.
Nihal says: “I love radio and I am lucky enough to have been both a music DJ at Radio 1 for over a decade and then a speech broadcaster for the BBC Asian Network where I learnt so much, so for me 5 live is the perfect place for me to evolve further. I genuinely couldn’t be happier at being asked to present Afternoon Edition with Sarah. I love listening to 5 live and, ever since I worked on the Commonwealth Games coverage, I’ve wanted to be a fully fledged team member. It’s a big move for me, but I’m excited about bringing my mic skills to the station.’’