News UK has announced that new national news station, Times Radio, will launch at 6am on Monday 29 June, and revealed further names joining the presenter line-up including Mariella Frostrup, Phil Williams, Carole Walker, Giles Coren and Hugo Rifkind.
Times Radio brings together the journalistic expertise of The Times and The Sunday Times with the speech radio and podcasting experience of Wireless, and will be available nationally on DAB, online and via app and smart speakers.
Mariella Frostrup, one of Britain's most established broadcasters, will present afternoons, Monday to Thursday, in a topical look at social and family issues, arts and culture. Established broadcaster Phil Williams will host the evening slot, Monday to Thursday, taking listeners through the big stories of the day, while TV and radio journalist Carole Walker will host late-evenings show, winding down the day with informed conversation.
Renowned Times columnist and broadcaster Giles Coren hosts a weekly Friday afternoon show, and the regular weekday schedule is completed by emerging broadcaster Calum Macdonald as the presenter of early breakfast.
The full weekend schedule includes, on Saturday mornings, Times columnist and critic Hugo Rifkind, taking listeners through the week’s news and look at what the weekend has to offer. Former Labour shadow minister and ex-political editor of GMTV, Gloria De Piero hosts Friday mornings, and will join forces with the station’s Chief Political Commentator Tom Newton Dunn on Sunday morning.
News and sports presenter Kait Borsay will host late-evenings Friday to Sunday, and Alexis Conran, who has recently been presenting on talkRADIO, will host lunchtimes on Saturday and Sunday. Editor of the Evening Standard’s Londoner Diary Ayesha Hazarika will present the drivetime slot on Saturday and Sunday.
Also joining Times Radio for specially-commissioned shows and podcasts are former Conservative Home Secretary Amber Rudd with her journalist daughter Flora Gill, talking about their different takes on the world, and international businessman, leading Brexiteer and broadcaster Lord Digby Jones will present a series looking at how businesses are getting ready for Brexit.
Award-winning Times columnists Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson will host an interview series in which they talk to leading figures including Tony Blair, Kirstie Allsopp, actor Brian Cox, and Sir Paul Nurse.
Mariella Frostrup, said:
“This is such an exciting time to be delivering a live radio programme when trusted and accessible news and big ideas for a changing future are essential. The pedigree of The Times journalism is world renowned, and I’m excited that Times Radio have given me the chance to create an ambitious show covering topical news, lifestyle and culture - with some levity along the way - that I hope will become a fixture in listener's lives. I’m also honoured to number among the stellar line-up they’ve assembled.”
Names already announced for the station include Aasmah Mir and Stig Abell (at breakfast from Monday to Thursday), Luke Jones and Jenny Kleeman (at breakfast Friday to Sunday), Matt Chorley (mid-mornings from Monday to Thursday), John Pienaar (at drive from Monday to Thursday), Cathy Newman (drive on Friday) and Michael Portillo (Friday evening).
Times Radio will broadcast on DAB, online and via app and smart speakers. The station will be ad break free, with sponsorship opportunities for advertisers.