Ex Scottish Tory leader and former journalist Ruth Davidson joins Times Radio as she takes over Giles Coren’s Friday afternoon slot and says it ‘feels like coming home’
Former Scottish Tory leader Baroness Davidson has told how her new job hosting a live radio show ‘feels like coming home’.
The former MSP, who now sits in the House of Lords, has been announced as the presenter of Times Radio’s Friday afternoon show.
Before entering politics, Baroness Davidson worked as a journalist and said she was ‘very excited about combining my two great loves, politics and live broadcasting’ in the programme, which will ‘take a deep look at the big political issues of the week’.
The Conservative is taking over the slot previously hosted by Giles Coren, with her first show due to air on February 18.
Tweeting about the move, she said: ‘I was a journalist and broadcaster for over a decade before I entered politics, so coming back to live radio feels like coming home.
Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says she is ‘very excited’ to take over as the new host of Times Radio’s Friday afternoon show
‘Looking forward to Friday afternoons immensely and thank you to @TimesRadio for this brilliant opportunity.’
She went on to state: ‘Times Radio is only 18 months old but has already established itself as a must-listen destination for politicians and voters of every hue.
‘Its mantra of conversation not confrontation is an incredibly important one in our polarised times. I’m very excited about combining my two great loves, politics and live broadcasting, for a new show which will take a deep look at the big political issues of the week, as well as anticipating what the weekend has in store.’
Times Radio programme director Tim Levell said: ‘Ruth is well-known as one of the most liked and respected politicians of her generation. Now Times Radio listeners have a chance to hear what a great live radio broadcaster she is.
‘Ruth will dive into politics, as they’d expect, but also culture, entertainment and sport – plus all the breaking news of the day. Ruth’s take on the world is a perfect fit for Times Radio.’
Former Times Radio host Giles Coren, 52, stepped down from the show in December and has since been replaced by a number of radio hosts
Former host Giles Coren, 52, stepped down from the show in December and the slot has since been filled with a number of guest presenters.
Coren was recently embroiled in a row over social media after reviewing a new branch of chicken shop Popeyes’ Louisiana Kitchen in Stratford, east London, in his latest Times column.
However, it is understood that the hiring of Davidson is not related to the incident and Coren had already decided he was quitting the radio station weeks before the column appeared.
In his column, Coren wrote: ‘Yes, sure, white exploiters stole fried chicken from the black people they disenfranchised and impoverished, but look at what the theft has brought to white communities in terms of obesity, sloth, waste, high street degradation, dismal culinary monoculture, low pay, animal welfare atrocities…
‘Isn’t fried chicken, in a weird way, a form of race revenge?’
The review was met with criticism on social media from some readers, who felt he was linking black people with the negative effects of fried chicken.