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Kathy Clugston

Kathy Clugston
Born (1969-08-22) 22 August 1969
Education Methodist College
Queen's University Belfast
Occupation Newsreader
Continuity announcer
Notable credit(s) BBC Radio 4
BBC World Service

Kathy Clugston (born 22 August 1969) is a newsreader and continuity announcer on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and the BBC World Service.[1]

Born in Belfast, Clugston attended Methodist College and then studied French and Russian at Queen's University Belfast. The degree course entailed a period in France and a year in Voronezh, Russia. While at university, she was very active in the drama society, playing leading roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Private Lives and Buried Child, among many others, and directed L'Alouette (The Lark) by Jean Anouilh.

Clugston worked as a continuity announcer and transmission director at BBC Northern Ireland from 1996 to 2003, announcing for BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC Two Northern Ireland, and appearing as one of three in-vision announcers on BBC Choice Northern Ireland between 1999 and 2001. She also lent her voice to the BBC Northern Ireland animated comedy series The Folks on the Hill.[2]

Before starting at Radio 4, Clugston spent some years in Amsterdam, working as a reporter and presenter for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.[3] She began working on Radio 4 in 2006, and first read evening news bulletins in 2007. In April 2008, she began newsreading duties on the Today programme.

Alongside her newsreading and announcing duties, Clugston is known as 'The Posh Radio 4 Lady' or 'The PR4L' on Scott Mills's afternoon radio show on BBC Radio 1, reading out emails from listeners. More recently she took part in Scott Mills The Musical in her role of "Posh Radio 4 Lady".[4]

As well as being a ukelele player who made a documentary for Radio 4 in 2009[5] she came up with the idea for "Radio4minus1letter", taking a radio programme title and dropping a single letter to create a new title, while using Twitter. The idea resulted in Clugston's book - A Brief History of Tim: The World Minus One Letter - based on the game; she reads the latest creations on Broadcasting House.[6]

In the autumn of 2014, The Watermill Theatre, Newbury staged the premier production of her musical comedy But First This: A Musical Homage to Radio 4 starring Michael Fenton Stevens as John Humphrys.[7]

Clugston is the female Irish voice on Tom Tom Sat navs. She also reads articles for the audio edition of The Economist.


  1. ^ BBC Radio 4
  2. ^ The TV Room Plus: BBC Northern Ireland announcers, accessed 27 February 2008
  3. ^ Radio Netherlands Archive
  4. ^ Steve Bowbrick (2012-02-20). """Radio 4 and 4 Extra Blog: "The most extraordinary thing I've ever been asked to do. BBC. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  5. ^ "Radio 4 listeners heard the newsreader"; The Times, 12 June 2009; p. 13
  6. ^ "Twitter time on Radio 4", The Independent, 14 August 2009
  7. ^ Libby Purves Theatre Cat Blog

External links

  • Clugston's Twitter account
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