Beverley Turner Wants Chiswick To 'Tune In'

Invites Chiswick listeners to phone into her new Sunday radio programme on LBC

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Beverley Turner won't be getting a Sunday lie-in for some time, as she starts a new job as the presenter of a Sunday morning radio show on LBC.

The Chiswick-based writer and broadcaster will be leaving her three children in the care of their dad, Olympian James Cracknell as she takes to the airwaves to discuss issues of local and national importance from10 am-12pm.

The phone-in show will debate all sorts of topics from immigration, to issues affecting families such as parental leave and with an election in the next few months, Beverley describes it as talk provoking radio for a Sunday morning.

"I got a call out of the blue from the boss of LBC to ask if I'd like to be involved. He was familiar with my work as a journalist for The Daily Telegraph and knew me from BBC Five Live. It was a bit like a football fan getting a call up from Roy Hodgson asking if they'd like a kick-about for England. I spent a lot of time trying to be cool while thinking, 'Far out! How did this happen?' I still get that buzz every time I walk into the building in Leicester Square. It's a massive honour to listen to what the nation has to say about the day's big stories."

"I'm a long-term LBC fan - on days when the kids were small it felt like my only intellectual stimulation! There is no other station that tackles the big issues of the day and unpicks how they affect the real world. There is always a bit of humour and a lot of insight."

"This time slot is perfect for me as I can work around the family and the weekdays are particularly busy in our house. There's also a gap in the airwaves for engaging, informative and thought-provoking talk radio on a Sunday morning - there's The Archers on Radio 4 or lots of politicians whining on Five Live. My mates call it the 'chopping slot' - listening while you prepare the veg for Sunday lunch. I love that. We always have lots of Chiswick callers but I'd like more!"

And she says husband James has been "incredibly supportive" of this new venture.

"He spent last Sunday morning with the kids in Richmond Pool. Some would say it's payback time for the years supporting him in his many adventures! But we work as a team and I'm very lucky to have him beside me."

Beverley says she is still growing her Chiswick-based Blooming Bunch ante-natal course.

"We've had a fabulous 12 months and have gone from strength-to-strength. We'll be announcing some exciting news soon too."

You can phone into Bev's show at 03456060973.

January 15, 2015