BBC Radio Foyle presenter Sarah Brett is set to move to a new role within the corporation after confirmation that she is to co-host a new afternoon show on Radio 5 Live with Dan Walker from BBC Sport. ‘Afternoon Edition’ will run from 1-4pm.
Sarah, who recently became a mother to baby Theo, has been a highly popular presenter on Radio Foyle and Radio Ulster for several years and has had stints as a stand-in host for Stephen Nolan both in Northern Ireland and his Radio 5 slot as well as Talkback on Radio Ulster.
Sarah said: “To say I’m excited doesn’t really cover it! Joining 5 live to co present a brand-new programme is a huge deal. And I’m very proud to be coming from a fantastic local station, BBC Radio Foyle. The chance to help create something completely fresh for listeners on 5 live is a dream job and I can’t wait to get started.”
A BBC Northern Ireland spokeperson said: “We can confirm that when Sarah Brett completes her maternity leave she will join BBC Radio 5 Live. Sarah has become an invaluable member of the BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle family during her 10 years with BBC Northern Ireland and we wish her every success in this latest stage of her career.”
And, Larry Deeney, Editor, BBC Radio Foyle said: “I’m thrilled to see Sarah’s talents recognised by our network colleagues. Sarah is an exemplary presenter and journalist with integrity, tenacity and warmth, something recognised last year when she was awarded Gold in the News Broadcaster Of The Year category at the PPI Awards. I speak for everyone here when I say that we are extremely happy for her and supportive of her latest move and she knows she will always be welcome back to BBC Radio Foyle.”
With an initial background in print journalism, Sarah came from the Deputy Editor’s position at the North West edition of the Belfast Telegraph before switching to broadcast in 2004. She grew up in Donegal and London and now lives in Derry.
Since 2010 Sarah has presented the Breakfast programme with Enda McClafferty on BBC Radio Foyle every weekday morning from 7am-9am.
BBC Radio 5 live controller, Jonathan Wall says: “This Autumn feels the right time to refresh parts of our schedule as we follow-on from what’s already proving to be a wonderful sporting summer. Dan and Sarah gelled together brilliantly in their pilot and I am looking forward to hearing them and our listeners together in the afternoons on 5 live.”