Times Radio launch line-up revealed

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by Charlie Spargo

Ahead of its planned launch in summer, the schedule has been revealed for News UK's recently-announced news and talk station, Times Radio.

Times Radio was announced in January with the intention to "create a new speech radio outlet to reach an even broader audience who want quality reporting and trusted, expert commentary in real time", based around the reporting of The Times and Sunday Times.

It will be advert-free and funded through The Times itself - and broadcast nationally on DAB, online, via the app and smart speakers.

A range of influential names from news and broadcasting have been announced today as joining the first schedule for Times Radio. Former Radio 4 presenter Aasmah Mir, as well as Stig Abell - The Times Literary Supplement editor - will present Breakfast between Monday and Thursday, with Luke Jones and journalist and author Jenny Kleeman covering the early shift from Friday to Sunday.

The mid-morning show will be fronted by Times Red Box editor Matt Chorley, with John Pienaar - who announced his departure from the BBC for the News UK-backed station in February - hosting Drive-Time between Monday and Thursday.

The Friday Drive show will be taken over by Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman, who says: “I’m thrilled to be a part of this really exciting, ambitious project launched by one of the country’s most respected newspapers. I look forward to quizzing politicians, chewing over the week’s news and attempting to set the world to rights every Friday evening."

Tim Levell, Programme Director of Times Radio, said: “When we announced John Pienaar as the host of Drive a few weeks ago, we purposefully set the bar high. With these new signings we’ve maintained an absolute focus on quality broadcasting.

"The presenters for Times Radio have a range of broadcast backgrounds - itself a plus - and they are all outstanding talents. I am convinced they will delight listeners with their warmth, expertise and passion for bringing news stories to life when Times Radio launches this summer.”

Stig Abell, newly-announced Breakfast co-presenter as well as Launch Director for the station, added: “It’s an enormous privilege to be co-hosting at breakfast on Times Radio. And even better to be doing it with a broadcaster of the calibre of Aasmah Mir. Our agenda will be straightforward: provide provocative, well-informed, entertaining and useful discussion on the key stories of the day, informing the national conversation.”