Matt Chorley to leave Times Radio for BBC Radio 5 Live afternoons

Times Radio presenter and stand-up Matt Chorley is to present a new daytime political show on BBC Radio 5 Live as a replacement for Nihal Arthanayake.

5 Live says Matt will have in-depth interviews with key figures in UK politics, alongside lively debates and analysis from expert commentators and listeners.

Matt has been at The Times for eight years, including the last four on Times Radio.

He 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, says: “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.”