Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Presenter's memories of a pioneering show

Woman's Hour, in its seventh decade, has long been considered one of the finest programmes on national radio.

And for over 25 years Dame Jenni Murray has been its principal presenter.

She shared her reminiscences of the programme with a packed audience at Aspects Literary Festival in Bangor on Saturday evening.

Dispensing with an interviewer, Murray surveyed the history of the programme.

Woman's Hour has a history of discussing difficult subjects, and Murray recalled with pride the pioneering work they did in highlighting issues like breast cancer, homosexuality and menopause.

But she emphasised how much progress remains to be made in key areas like equal pay for women and parity for older women on television.

A fascinating encounter with one of Britain's greatest living broadcasters.

TERRY BLAIN

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