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Carolyn Quinn to present Westminster Hour on Radio 4

Carolyn Quinn is to present the Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4's Sunday night political programme.


Carolyn was a BBC political correspondent at Westminster for more than ten years and has extensive experience of reporting politics and Parliament.


She will start presenting the Westminster Hour from January 2007 alongside her existing presentation work on the Today programme and PM.


Radio 4 Controller Mark Damazer said: "I am delighted that Carolyn Quinn will take over as the presenter of The Westminster Hour.


"She has enormous knowledge of the subject and will bring to the programme both clout and charm."


Carolyn freelanced before joining the Irish Post newspaper and was then selected for a BBC local radio trainee scheme.


After training and two years at BBC Radio Solent in Southampton, Carolyn became a reporter on the local radio desk for the BBC at Westminster.


She became a political correspondent covering TV and radio in 1994, later combining it with a regular presenting slot on PM.


Sue Inglish, Head of Political Programmes, Analysis and Research, BBC News, said: "I'm confident she'll bring great authority and insight to the programme."


Carolyn said: "The timing of The Westminster Hour is crucial. People have told me they listen in the bath or as they're preparing for bed, so the tone has to be warm but the content informative.


"It's a programme that can take the time to examine issues that otherwise in the hurly burly of day-to-day news might be overlooked.


"I'm really excited to be getting involved with the Westminster Hour especially at a time when the political climate is so unpredictable."


The Westminster Hour is now in its ninth year and has consistently increased its audience.


The previous presenter, Andrew Rawnsley, who fronted the programme from the start, left in September to go to ITV's Sunday morning show.


The programme has a loyal audience for its intelligent mix of politics and policy at 10pm on Sunday evenings.






Category: News; Radio 4
Date: 14.11.2006
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