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New daily politics show heading to 5 Live

MediaCity-based BBC Radio 5 Live has signed Matt Chorley to present a new, dynamic daytime political show broadcasting Monday to Friday in the afternoon – just in time for the imminent general election.

The new show promises a different perspective to the current national political commentary and coverage.

The award-winning presenter, author and stand-up will bring his unique analysis, political knowledge and humour to the new show.

Scheduled to start in September, the aims to “delve deep into the heart of UK politics, by getting straight to the point without any fuss or favour.” From housing and healthcare to education and environment and everything in between, the new show aims to set the national agenda for political commentary.

Featuring a diverse range of guests, including MPs, elected mayors, and cabinet ministers, every day promises to deliver an exploration of the most pressing political issues across the UK and what they mean for local communities.

Each day Chorley will have in-depth interviews with key figures in UK politics, alongside lively debates and analysis from expert commentators and listeners. He will take time to cut through the noise, and separate fact from fake, bringing clarity to the chaos so our audience can make their own judgements.

Chorley said: “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.”

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