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Humphrys bows out as longest serving presenter in Today’s history

The journalist has clocked up more than 32 years behind the microphone.

Tony Blair during an interview with John Humphrys on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in 2005 (Jeff Overs/PA)
Tony Blair during an interview with John Humphrys on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in 2005 (Jeff Overs/PA)

By Ian Jones, PA

When John Humphrys steps down from the Today programme on Thursday, it will be as the longest serving presenter in the show’s history.

When the show finishes, a total of 32 years and 260 days will have passed since Humphrys first sat in front of the Today microphone on January 2 1987.

No other presenter has come close to matching his record.

The next longest serving host is Jim Naughtie, whose stint lasted 21 years and 291 days between 1994 and 2015.

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Brian Redhead is third (1975 to 1993), followed by Sue MacGregor (1984 to 2002) and Sarah Montague (2001 to 2018).

Humphrys’ tenure on Today has spanned seven prime ministers: Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson.

He has also survived eight different editors of the Today programme and seven directors-general of the BBC.

Today will celebrate its 62nd birthday at the end of October – meaning Humphrys has worked on the show for more than half of its existence.

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