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Sian Williams to join BBC Radio 4’s ‘Saturday Live’

BBC Breakfast presenter [[Sian Williams]] is to rejoin Radio 4, as co-presenter of a revamped and extended Saturday Live.

Sian, who will leave BBC Breakfast ahead of its move to Salford, will also present BBC One news bulletins and co-present the BBC’s Olympic coverage.

Williams has been the main presenter of BBC Breakfast since 2005, having joined in 2001 as a weekend presenter.

She began her career on local BBC stations before moving to Radio 4 where she spent seven years as a senior producer. Her list of production credentials include – editing The World At One, PM and The World this Weekend as well as producing the Budget and Election Specials for Radio 4 and the 1997 General Election coverage for both Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live.

Her final appearance on BBC Breakfast will be on Thursday 15th March, after 11 years sharing the sofa with Bill Turnbull. She begins work on Saturday Live on 5th May.

“I’m thrilled to be coming home to Radio 4. I spent many happy years as a producer here and have enjoyed presenting programmes on the network too,” Sian Williams said.

“The opportunity to host Saturday Live with Reverend Richard Coles is too good to miss. It’s a warm and witty way to start the weekend and I can’t wait to be a part of the new team.”

Gwyneth Williams, Controller of BBC Radio 4, added: “I am delighted to have Sian back on Radio 4 and I can’t wait to hear her hosting the programme with Richard. She brings her own unique brand of charm and experience, formidable interviewing skills and we are lucky to have her. Extending Saturday Live is an idea I have had brewing for quite some time and Sian has been part of my thinking from the start. She is someone I know the Radio 4 audience will take to their hearts.”

Updated: Thursday 1 March 2012