Sarah Montague leaves Today after 17 years

Sarah Montague is leaving Radio 4’s Today programme, and swapping jobs with Martha Kearney to become the lead presenter of the station’s lunchtime news programme, World at One.

She’ll be replaced in the mornings by Martha, who has presented World at One for just over a decade. Sarah has been on Today since 2001.

Sarah has worked for the BBC since 1997, working on News 24, Newsnight, BBC Breakfast and Hardtalk. Before that she’d worked for Channel Television, Reuters and Sky News. Martha started her career at LBC/IRN as a phone operator, before becoming a reporter, presenter and lobby correspondent. She went on to work for Channel 4 before joining the BBC as a reporter for political programme On The Record. At Newsnight she was political editor and presenter 2000-2007.

Gavin Allen, Controller of Daily News programmes, says: “Sarah and Martha are brilliant journalists and we’re delighted they will continue to analyse and drive the news for our many millions of radio listeners.”

Gwyneth Williams, Controller of Radio 4, says: “Both Martha and Sarah are formidable presenters admired by millions of loyal Radio 4 listeners. We are lucky to have them and I am delighted to have Martha on Today and for Sarah to have her own programme, the incomparable World at One.”

Martha Kearney says: “I have woken up to the Today programme for as long as I can remember so it’s a thrill to be joining the BBC’s flagship news programme. After 11 happy years on the World at One, I’m looking forward to a new challenge – to draw on my years of political journalism but also to explore my other interests on air too.”

Sarah Montague says: “I am very excited to be moving to the World at One. It is a programme I have long admired and, much as I love the Today programme, after 18 years on it, I am ready for a new challenge and looking forward to the experience of presenting a programme when I am awake.”

The changes will take effect from next month.

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