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Matt Chorley to host weekday show on BBC Radio 5 Live

Award-winning presenter, author and stand-up Matt Chorley is to host a weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Matt, who has been at The Times for eight years and Times Radio four years, is due to join 5 Live in September.

The show will include topics from housing and healthcare to education and environment and everything in between. Guests will include MPs, elected mayors, and Cabinet Ministers to discuss the most pressing political issues across the UK and what they mean for local communities.

Matt Chorley says: “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.”

Heidi Dawson, Controller, BBC Radio 5 Live adds: “This is a monumental year for news and politics in the UK and across the world. That is why I’m thrilled to be bringing Matt to Radio 5 Live to launch a new politics show to help make sense of it all with our listeners.

“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.

“From Westminster to local councils, no topic will be off-limits as the show seeks to inform, educate, and empower listeners to actively participate in the democratic process.”

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