Dark horse wins Radio 4

The new controller of BBC Radio 4, one of the key roles in British civilisation, is to be the little-known Gwyneth Williams, formerly of the BBC World Service and, prior to that, editor of the high-prestige Reith Lectures.

Ms Williams beat such high-profile contenders as Front Row presenter Mark Lawson and business editor Robert Peston, both favoured by the outgoing controller, Mark Damazer. Peter Barron, one of Newsnight now with Google, was a staff pick.

Here’s the official c.v:


She looks like another serious thinker, which can only be good for the brand,

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