“Somerset boy” Matt Chorley makes switch to BBC Radio 5 Live ahead of election

SOMERSET-born and Huish Episcopi-educated journalist Matt Chorley will host a new politics show on BBC Radio 5 Live, it has been announced.

The political commentator currently presents a show on Times Radio, running between 10am and 1pm on weekdays.

However, it has been revealed he will make the switch to the BBC in September for a political afternoon show as the UK prepares for a general election.

Times Radio meanwhile has announced Andrew Neil, chair of The Spectator magazine, will host a new show from September 9 which will start at 1pm.

Matt, who wrote a special column for your Leveller last month, said: “I can’t quite believe it. It’s exactly 20 years since this Somerset boy arrived in London with his three A Levels, 100 words-per-minute shorthand, a vast collection of Elton John records and a dream.

“But I could never have dreamt that one day I’d make it to the actual BBC, and in a huge general election year too.

“Over the years I’ve been able to interview at least six of the people who’ve spent varying amounts of time as prime minister, and plenty more who have tried.

“Now I can’t wait to also hear from the people with better stories, ideas and jokes – the 5 Live audience, bringing them into the heart of Westminster, and getting out across the whole country, to tell the story of what Britain wants, and how it might get it.

“So please, when you come to make the big decision this autumn, Vote 5 Live. My name’s Matt Chorley, and I approve this message.”

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While working in the capital, the former Taunton Times reporter enjoyed stints as the Mail Online political editor before joining The Times in 2015 as editor of its Red Box political section.

He went on to host the accompanying podcast, and now also steers the successful How to Win an Election podcast with panellists Peter Mandelson, Polly Mackenzie and Daniel Finkelstein.

BBC Radio 5 Live controller, Heidi Dawson, said: “This is a monumental year for news and politics in the UK and across the world.

“At a time when political engagement is more important than ever, this show will offer a unique opportunity for audiences to gain insight into the decisions shaping their lives. Matt has a unique talent that makes politics relevant, engaging and funny.”

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  1. Jane Pearce Reply

    Matt Chorley was a pleasure to meet on the Cheltenham Literary Festival at Sea on the QM2 last November – I didn’t know her was from round here! All the best to him on BBC 5 Live

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