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“Radio royalty” Jane Garvey to discuss the gender pay gap at Leeds Trinity University’s Journalism and Media Week

Yorkshire Voice Jane speaking in London in 2018

By Sarah Jewers

Radio presenter Jane Garvey is set to appear as part of Leeds Trinity University’s Journalism and Media Week.

Timetabled for Wednesday 4 November at 11.00-11.45am, ‘Power of Women in Broadcast – Presenting, Podcasts, and Pay’, an interview with Jane, will be livestreamed on Leeds Trinity’s Facebook page and the Yorkshire Voice YouTube channel.

As the coordinator of the letter sent by female BBC broadcasters in 2017 demanding equal pay, one of the topics Jane’s interview will be centred on will be the gender pay gap in broadcasting.

Ahead of Jane’s appearance at Journalism and Media Week, Radio Journalism Lecturer at Leeds Trinity Darren Harper said: “Jane is radio royalty and is one of the most prolific broadcasters this country has ever seen.

“I’m excited about hearing her thoughts on the industry at the moment and her campaign for equal pay within the BBC.”

Best known for being a presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, her career in radio has spanned three decades, over various different stations.

Beginning at BBC Hereford and Worcester as a reporter in 1988, she quickly made a name for herself, famously being the first voice on BBC Radio 5 Live when it launched at 5am in March 1994.

One of the most prominent moments of her career was her well-praised on-the-spot reporting when she was a passenger on the Swansea train in the Southall rail crash in September 1997.

Jane joined Woman’s Hour in October 2007 as the second principal presenter just after the announcement that she was leaving 5 Live after 13 years.

Other ventures include her podcast ‘Fortunately… with Fi and Jane’ which launched in March 2017; a look at the behind-the-scenes of broadcasting, hosted alongside Fi Glover.

Last month, it was announced that Jane would be leaving Woman’s Hour after 13 years, moving on to her own programme on Radio 4 telling the extraordinary stories of ordinary people beginning next Spring.

Her podcast is also set to be moving to the Radio 4 broadcast schedule from January 2021.

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