Thursday 24 October 2019 5:48 pm

John Humphrys makes surprise return to radio with Classic FM show

John Humphrys is set to make a surprise return to the airwaves, joining Classic FM as a guest presenter on its breakfast show.

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The veteran broadcaster, who stepped down as host of the BBC’s Today programme last month, will head up the station’s More Music Breakfast from next week until 1 November.

Classic FM, which is owned by Global, promised listeners a “more relaxing and calmer” programme than the one Humphrys presented during his 32-year BBC career.

“John Humphrys is one of this country’s genuinely iconic broadcasters,” said Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s senior managing editor.

“It’s a privilege to welcome him to the UK’s biggest classical music station and I know that our listeners will really enjoy tuning in next week.”

While Humphrys is best known for grilling politicians on the Today programme, he has fronted a number of other high-profile TV and radio news programmes, including the BBC’s Nine O’Clock News.

“I’m struggling to think of a greater contrast with my old job: the bliss of Beethoven and Brahms instead of Brexit and backstops! Maybe there really is another world out there!” Humphrys said.

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Humphrys will be stepping in for regular presenter Tim Lihoreau, who last month pulled a piano through London to raise money for charity. The breakfast show airs between 6am and 9am.

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