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My radio times - Libby Purves

Features | By Libby Purves

The way they were: Brian Redhead, John Timpson and Libby Purves. Today, 1978

As Nick Robinson tells Boris Johnson to ‘stop talking’ on the Today programme, Libby Purves recalls working on the show

Sometimes an anniversary is marked by accident. The furore about Nick Robinson’s lordly instruction to the PM – ‘Stop talking!’ – raised a certain nostalgia for subtler days. Even then, Brian Redhead could have a fierce mongoose bite when roused to argument. This autumn marks exactly 40 years since I resigned as a Today presenter after nearly four years. I was the first female and the youngest ever, people say. But, more interestingly, I was the only one ever to rise, as it were, through the ranks. ...


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