John Humphrys Hosts Final R4 Today Programme. Last broadcast September 19
Broadcaster John Humphrys presented his final edition of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme Thursday.
The presenter’s departure brings to a close his 32 years on the flagship show, during which time he built a reputation as a tenacious interrogator.
“Losing John in the mornings is a bit like Big Ben being silenced,” said Today editor Sarah Sands.
Humphrys interviewed every prime minister on the programme from Margaret Thatcher to Theresa May, but has not grilled Boris Johnson since he came to power.
The 76-year-old will continue to present Mastermind on BBC Two.
Before joining Today in 1987, Humphrys worked as a BBC foreign correspondent in both the US and Africa, as a diplomatic correspondent and as a presenter of the Nine O’Clock News.
On the daily Radio 4 morning news programme, he became known for pinning down political leaders and public figures and drawing revelations out of them.
On occasion, his interviewing style incurred the ire of both politicians and listeners.
When he announced his departure in February, Humphrys said: “I love doing the programme. I have always enjoyed it.
Will you miss him? Was he one of the best radio broadcasters? Was he on air too long?
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