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Presenters

Jim Lee

Jim Lee

Jim began his career on local radio in Coventry (leaving just before Phil Williams turned up). He's one of the few announcers on 7 who can remember hearing the original transmissions of some of our classic comedies from the 60s and 70s! Jim not only graces the Radio 7 airwaves, but can also be heard regularly on Radios 2 and 4 and the BBC World Service.

Penny Haslam

Penny Haslam

Penny's background is in news journalism and stand-up. Not what the careers teacher had suggested, but with that unusual combination she found her home on Radio 7. She started in the Comedy Club in 2003, and has since grown to love the dramas, the sitcoms, the sci-fi and the thrillers. Penny likes adding some background to the programme you're about to hear; a nugget of "well, I didn’t know that before!"

Joanna Pinnock

Joanna Pinnock

Joanna began her broadcasting career in local radio in Cambridge before going freelance in 1993 to become presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Natural History Programme. Since then she's worked extensively as a presenter, producer and writer on TV and radio and regularly writes for children, mainly on wildlife and the environment. She joined Radio 7 on its launch at the end of 2002.

Kerry McCarthy

Kerry McCarthy

Kerry got her radio start at one the UK's first Internet stations, often boasting as many as two listeners at a time. She's worked at several radio stations across the country and appears as a pundit on other people's programmes too - although opportunities are sparse as her only interests are quantum mechanics and veganism. She is a keen musician, and asked to write her own theme tune for Radio 7. We politely declined.

Helen Aitken

Helen Aitken

Helen’s first broadcasting job was with AA Roadwatch, and she became an expert on hold-ups! She spent her weekends at Radio York answering phones, and persuaded them to let her loose behind the mic. Several years of announcing for Yorkshire Television followed, but her heart was always in radio. Helen has learned that creepy stories are so much scarier on the radio - and the best comedies never age.

Michaela Saunders

Michaela Saunders

Michaela trained as a musician and was a studio manager before moving to BBC TV as an announcer in 1992. She has been working for the BBC and its partners ever since, including BBC One and Two, BBC Prime, World Service Television, UKTV and News 24. She's also appeared on Points of View and Feedback on Radio 4, has dabbled with corporate videos and was the voice that launched Radio 7 back in 2002.

Alex Riley

Alex Riley

Alex is a presenter who has made television programmes about Scalextric racing, classic cars, art dealing and caravans. He currently makes documentaries for BBC Three, his most recent being a three part series on Really Disgusting Food, called Britain’s Really Disgusting Food. He drives a TR7 and has done two stand up gigs. If he offers you one of his pies, refuse.

Phil Williams

Phil Williams

Phil began his career as a trainee journalist in local radio, before moving to report and present on Radio One's Newsbeat. In 2001 he joined 5live as Entertainment Correspondent and now presents Weekend Breakfast there. He's flirted with comedy in his spare time, having compered at Headliners Comedy Club in West London, so it was only a matter of time before he found his way to us at Radio 7.

Nick Briggs

Nick Briggs

Nick is an actor, writer, director, producer, composer and sound designer. He's also the voice of the Daleks, Cybermen and Judoon in Doctor Who. He spends most of his time working on audio drama, but from time to time he manages to find an extra five minutes to be on screen (most recently, Lewis, Torchwood, Adulthood, 4,3,2,1) and on the stage (Sherlock Holmes).

Presenters on BBC Radio 7

  • Jim Lee
  • Penny Haslam
  • Joanna Pinnock
  • Kerry McCarthy
  • Helen Aitken
  • Michaela Saunders
  • Alex Riley
  • Phil Williams
  • Nick Briggs

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