Jane Garvey ‘seething’ at home as Emma Barnett took over Radio 4's #WomansHour

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Jane Garvey began presenting Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 in 2007 and has spoken about the hurdles she had to overcome at the helm of the show. Revealing it took six years to get a computer in the studio, Jane admitted she had to resist temptation to comfort eat when she heard new host Emma Barnett had received a letter from the Queen.

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Jane stepped down as host of Woman’s Hour last year with Emma moving from her mid-morning 5Live show to take over as presenter.

Emma began her first show last week by revealing she’d received a letter from Her Majesty, which left former host Jane stunned.

Reflecting on the moment she first heard her replacement on air, Jane told Radio Times: “Emma Barnett’s tenure started with a message from the Queen: “…on Windsor Castle headed notepaper”, as I sat seething at home, arguing with a teenager about a malfunctioning printer.

“Terrific. Thirteen years on that beat and I never once heard a word from Her Maj.

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“I resisted the temptation to dive straight into the biscuit barrel in despair, but only just.”

Jane explained she was “made about as welcome as a woman who arrives in a remote village and immediately assumes control of the WI” by listeners when she first took over Woman’s Hour 14 years ago.


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