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28.04.02

RADIO 4

Barney Goes For It On Radio 4

Barney Harwood is to join BBC Radio 4 as the new host of Go4It, the network’s weekly programme for children (Sundays at 7.15pm). Barney also presents on the BBC digital television channel CBBC.


Matt Smith, who launched the show a year ago, is leaving to return to football commentating, his first love. For this dedicated Liverpool fan, the opportunity to cover the World Cup proved too strong to resist.


Barney takes over the programme from Matt on Sunday 5 May at 7.15pm.


Helen Boaden, the Controller of Radio 4, who brought dedicated children’s programmes back to the network after a ten-year absence, said: "Matt has done a great job in seeing Go4It through its first year and I’m very grateful to him for that. I would like to welcome Barney Harwood to Radio 4 where I’m sure he’ll be a big success with the audience and manage to keep Cromarty the Space Cat in order."


Barney will continue as a presenter on CBBC.


Barney’s Biography


Barney was born in Blackpool and was bitten by the performing bug at the tender age of three when he put on plays, using his socks as the main characters. He later discovered he had an ear for music and took part in a local cabaret band for four years.


Barney’s musical talents caught the attention of boy-band Take That’s manager Nigel Martin Smith and he joined new band, Goal, under Nigel’s management and a record deal soon followed.


Following an appearance on CITV’s popular drama series Children's Ward, Barney moved into TV work. Barney’s first live presenting gig came when he landed a job on teen website "whereits.at" aimed at 12 to 24 year olds. The experience paid off when CBBC’s Head Of On-Air, Paul Smith, spotted his presenting talent and offered him a job on the new CBBC digital channel where he's now one of the main presenters. Radio becomes another string to his presenting bow when he joins Radio 4 and Go4It.


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