Kathy Clugston

Kathy Clugston (born 22 August 1969) is a Northern Irish newsreader and continuity announcer on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra and the BBC World Service.[1]

Born in Belfast, Clugston attended Methodist College[2] and then studied French and Russian at Queen's University Belfast. The degree course entailed a period in France and a year in Voronezh, Russia. While at university, she was very active in the drama society, playing leading roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Private Lives and Buried Child, among many others, and directed the 1952 play about Joan of Arc L'Alouette (The Lark) by Jean Anouilh.

Clugston worked as a continuity announcer and transmission director at BBC Northern Ireland from 1996 to 2003, announcing for BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC Two Northern Ireland, and appearing as one of three in-vision announcers on BBC Choice Northern Ireland between 1999 and 2001. She also lent her voice to the BBC Northern Ireland animated comedy series The Folks on the Hill.[3] Clugston has also worked for a brief period for network BBC One & BBC Two throughout early 2007 & mid-2017

Before starting at Radio 4, Clugston spent some years in Amsterdam, working as a reporter and presenter for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.[4] She began working on Radio 4 in 2006, and first read evening news bulletins in 2007. In April 2008, she began newsreading duties on the Today programme. Alongside her newsreading and announcing duties, Clugston is known as "The Posh Radio 4 Lady", or "The PR4L", on Scott Mills's afternoon radio show on BBC Radio 1, reading out emails from listeners. More recently she took part in Scott Mills The Musical in her role of "Posh Radio 4 Lady".[5]

As well as being a ukulele player who made a documentary for Radio 4 in 2009[6] she came up with the idea for "Radio4minus1letter", taking a radio programme title and dropping a single letter to create a new title, while using Twitter. The idea led to a book, A Brief History of Tim: The World Minus One Letter: Clugston reads the latest creations on Broadcasting House.[7]

In the autumn of 2014, the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, Berkshire, staged the premier production of her musical comedy But First This: A Musical Homage to Radio 4 starring Michael Fenton Stevens as John Humphrys.[8] Clugston is the female voice on the Tom Tom traffic, navigation and mapping product. She reads articles for the audio edition of The Economist. In late 2015, she began presenting The Radio 4 in Four Podcast, a weekly podcast for the channel.

In April 2016, in an article in The Daily Telegraph and a programme "The Neglected Sense" on Radio Four, Clugston revealed that she has suffered since childhood from anosmia, the lack of a sense of smell.[9][10]

Kathy Clugston
Born22 August 1969 (age 49)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
EducationMethodist College
Queen's University Belfast
Continuity announcer
Notable credit(s)
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4
BBC World Service


  1. ^ Profile, BBC Radio 4 website; accessed 14 January 2016.
  2. ^ Rainey, Angela. "I need to be told by my partner if I've got BO, says NI BBC Radio 4 presenter Kathy Clugston born with no sense of smell". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  3. ^ The TV Room Plus: BBC Northern Ireland announcers Archived 2012-07-22 at Archive.today, tvannouncers.thetvroomplus.com; accessed 27 February 2008.
  4. ^ Radio Netherlands Archive, static.rnw.nl; accessed 14 January 2016.
  5. ^ Steve Bowbrick (20 February 2012). "Radio 4 and 4 Extra Blog: "The most extraordinary thing I've ever been asked to do"". BBC. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Radio 4 listeners heard the newsreader"; The Times, 12 June 2009; p. 13
  7. ^ "Twitter time on Radio 4", The Independent, 14 August 2009.
  8. ^ Libby Purves Theatre Cat Blog, theatrecat.com, 27 October 2014.
  9. ^ Parker, Olivia (11 April 2016). "'My partner does "armpit duty"': What it's like to live with no sense of smell". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  10. ^ "The Neglected Sense". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 8 December 2018.

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1969 in Northern Ireland

Events during the year 1969 in Northern Ireland.

BBC Choice Northern Ireland

BBC Choice Northern Ireland was the national variation for BBC Northern Ireland of the BBC Choice service, that was broadcast by the BBC.

As with the local variants of BBC Choice in Scotland and Wales, BBC Choice Northern Ireland carried much of its content from the network BBC Choice service originating in London, but split off most evenings for around two hours a night (generally around 10pm to midnight) of local programming to Northern Ireland. When the EastEnders rebroadcast aired at 10pm, local programming would begin at 10.30pm. After around midnight, programming would revert to the network service until closedown.

The service was available on the ONdigital/ITV Digital terrestrial service and cable in Northern Ireland only, and on the Sky Digital satellite service across the UK – listed as channel 160 on Sky in Northern Ireland and at the rear of the programme guide elsewhere in the UK; this was as part of a system to allow the correct regional variant for the viewer's area to be accessed from the primary channel number.

The BBC Choice Northern Ireland service launched alongside the other BBC Choice variants on 23 September 1998 and ceased on 30 March 2001; it was replaced by a fully networked BBC Choice. The channel was then itself replaced from 2003 by BBC Three, which has never had any regional variants. None of the BBC's other digital services offer variants (whilst BBC One HD currently offers a single UK-wide service based on the Network schedule, with local programme out-outs in Scotland, Wales, NI and the English regions currently available in SD only.)

Following the closure of BBC Choice regional variants in 2001, BBC Two's variants for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were made available to digital viewers (previously a single UK-wide version of BBC Two had been available on digital platforms).

Following the closure of BBC Choice Northern Ireland in 2001, a 'digital version' of BBC Two Northern Ireland launched which was separate to that available on analogue; it carried many of the NI-specific programme opt-outs as on the analogue service, but also carried some additional digital-only programmes, in the main carried over from BBC Choice NI. This dual-service continued until October 2006, when it was decided to recombine the two BBC Two services for Northern Ireland into a single schedule, which is the service now available.

BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4 is a radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. It replaced the BBC Home Service in 1967. The station controller is Gwyneth Williams, and the station is part of BBC Radio and the BBC Radio department. The station is broadcast from the BBC's headquarters at Broadcasting House, London. On 21 January 2019 Williams announced she was quitting the role. There are no details of when or who will be her replacement.It is the second most popular domestic radio station in the UK, broadcast throughout the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands on FM, LW and DAB, and can be received in eastern and south eastern counties of Ireland, the north of France and Northern Europe. It is also available through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and on the Internet. Its sister station, BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly BBC Radio 7), complements the main channel by broadcasting repeats from the Radio 4 archive, extended versions of Radio 4 programmes and supplements to series such as The Archers and Desert Island Discs.

It is notable for its news bulletins and programmes such as Today and The World at One, heralded on air by the Greenwich Time Signal "pips" or the chimes of Big Ben. Radio 4 broadcasts the Shipping Forecast, which reached 150 years old in August 2017. The pips are only accurate on FM, LW, and MW as there is a delay on DAB and digital radio of approximately 3 to 5 seconds, even longer online (up to 23 seconds).

BBC Radio 4 Extra

BBC Radio 4 Extra is a British digital radio station broadcasting archived repeats of comedy, drama and documentary programmes nationally, 24 hours a day. It is the principal broadcaster of the BBC's spoken-word archive, and as a result the majority of its programming originates from that archive. It also broadcasts extended and companion programmes to those broadcast on sister station BBC Radio 4, and provides a "catch-up" service for certain Radio 4 programmes.

The station launched in December 2002 as BBC 7, broadcasting a similar mix of archive comedy, drama and current children's radio. The station was renamed BBC Radio 7 in 2008, then relaunched as Radio 4 Extra in April 2011. For the first quarter of 2013, Radio 4 Extra had a weekly audience of 1.642 million people and had a market share of 0.95%; in the last quarter of 2016 the numbers were 2.184 million listeners and 1.2% of market share.


Clugston is a surname. People with the surname include:

Beatrice Clugston (1827–1888), Scottish philanthropist

Chynna Clugston Flores (born 1975), American comic book creator

Kate Clugston (1892–1985), playwright, poet and teacher

Kathy Clugston (born 1969), Northern Irish newsreader and continuity announcer

Lin Clugston, (1908–1993), British amateur cricketer

Corrie Corfield

Coriona Kear Ware Corfield (born 1961 in Oxford) is a BBC Radio 4 continuity announcer and newsreader.Raised near Stratford-upon-Avon, Corfield was educated at Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls, where she became Head Girl, and at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she read English and Drama.She first joined the BBC as a studio manager in 1983 with the World Service. In 1987 she worked at the new BBC 648, and also became a newsreader for the World Service and read the news on Radio 4 from 1988.

Between 1991 and 1995 she lived in South Africa, where she worked at Radio 702. She also worked as a producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She returned to Radio 4 in 1995.

Over a period from late 2010, with colleague Kathy Clugston, Corfield persuaded broadcasters connected with Radio 4 to don the 'slanket of con', a garment purportedly worn by continuity announcers in the air-conditioned chill of studio 40B as they read the late night shipping bulletin, and has photographed the wearers in various comic poses. The garment has since been sold.

Dead Ringers (comedy)

Dead Ringers is a United Kingdom radio and television comedy impressions show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and later BBC Two. The programme was devised by producer Bill Dare and developed with Jon Holmes, Andy Hurst and Simon Blackwell. Among its stars was Jan Ravens, who said the BBC cancelled the television run in 2007 after five years. Dead Ringers' return to Radio 4 was announced in 2014.

List of continuity announcers in the United Kingdom

This is a list of continuity announcers in the United Kingdom - the term 'continuity announcer' is used for those broadcasters who provide the voice overs between television/radio programmes.

The majority of continuity announcements are broadcast live, with the exception of ITV2/ITVbe & most overnight continuity which is pre-recorded during the previous day.

Some local announcing is made, prior to BBC Regional News.

Methodist College Belfast

Methodist College Belfast (MCB), locally known as Methody, is a Northern Irish coeducational voluntary grammar school in Belfast, located at the foot of the Malone Road. It was founded in 1865 by the Methodist Church in Ireland and is one of eight Northern Irish schools represented on the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. It is also a member of the Independent Schools Council and the Governing Bodies Association.The college was ranked in the top 100 in the United Kingdom and the top 10 in Northern Ireland in the 2018 The Sunday Times Parent Power Best UK Schools Guide, which ranks schools based on GCSE and GCE Advanced Level examination results, truancy rates and pupil destinations.In rugby, the college has won both the Ulster Schools Cup a record 36 times and the Medallion Shield 35 times, which is also a record. The college choirs have won Songs of Praise Choir of the Year, Sainsbury's Choir of the Year and RTÉ All-Island School Choir of the Year. The Chapel Choir has performed in Westminster Abbey and the Carnegie Hall as well as during Queen Elizabeth II's visit to the Republic of Ireland.Past pupils of the college are known as Old Collegians and the college has a former pupils' organisation that brands itself as Methody Collegians. They have branches across the world, including London, Hong Kong and Canada. The college has links with Belfast Harlequins, the successor of the former sports club for staff and past pupils, Collegians.

Scott Mills (radio show)

Scott Mills is a Sony Radio Academy Award-winning radio show, broadcast Monday - Thursday afternoons on BBC Radio 1 from 1–4 pm. On Fridays, Mills hosts The Official Chart and Radio 1's Dance Anthems from 4-7pm. The show originally aired from 4–7 pm from 7 June 2004 until 30 March 2012. It is hosted by Scott Mills, with contributions from Chris Stark. Previous contributors have included Mark Chapman, Laura Sayers, and Beccy Huxtable, the last of whom left the show on 18 January 2013.

Shipping Forecast

The Shipping Forecast is a BBC Radio broadcast of weather reports and forecasts for the seas around the coasts of the British Isles. It is produced by the Met Office and broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The forecasts sent over the Navtex system use a similar format and the same sea areas. The waters around the British Isles are divided into 31 sea areas, also known as weather areas (see map below). There are four broadcasts per day at the following (UK local) times:

0048 – transmitted on FM and LW. Includes weather reports from an extended list of coastal stations at 0052 and an inshore waters forecast at 0055 and concludes with a brief UK weather outlook for the coming day. The broadcast finishes at approximately 0058.

0520 – transmitted on FM and LW. Includes weather reports from coastal stations at 0525, and an inshore waters forecast at 0527.

1201 – normally transmitted on LW only.

1754 – transmitted only on LW on weekdays, as an opt-out from the PM programme, but at weekends transmitted on both FM and LW.The unique and distinctive presentation style of these broadcasts has led to their attracting an audience much wider than that directly interested in maritime weather conditions.

In August 2017, Radio 4 celebrated the service's 150th anniversary.

The Folks on the Hill

The Folks on the Hill was a satirical sketch show, which started in January 2001 as a Saturday morning BBC Radio Ulster broadcast. In 2004, it evolved into an animated television show, first aired on 9 January 2004, on BBC One Northern Ireland. In its 10th year, the final, 17th series was broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster from Saturday 8 October until 12 November 2011, the day before writer and voice-over star Sean Crummey died.The show was a light-hearted, comic parody of the prominent figures of Northern Irish politics, and occasionally other politicians including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Bertie Ahern and George W. Bush. The term 'folks on the hill' refers to the Northern Irish parliament and government at Stormont Hill.

The programme was written by Belfast impressionist, Sean Crummey, animated by Liam O'Neill (later Ciaran Boyle) and produced by Owen McFadden. The music was by Paul Rocks. Female voice impersonations were by Kathy Clugston, who provided the voices for Anne Robinson, Iris Robinson, Camilla, the Queen, Bairbre de Brun and many others.

The News Quiz

The News Quiz is a British topical panel game broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Today (BBC Radio 4)

Today, colloquially known as The Today Programme, is BBC Radio 4's long-running early-morning news and current affairs programme, broadcast on Monday to Friday from 6:00 am to 9:00 am, and from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Saturday. It is the highest-rated programme on Radio 4, and one of the BBC's most popular programmes across its radio networks. Consisting of in-depth political interviews and reports interspersed with regular news bulletins, as well as Thought for the Day, it has been voted the most influential news programme in Britain in setting the political agenda, with an average weekly listening audience around 7 million. It was voted the Best National Speech Breakfast Show at the 2016 Radio Academy Awards.

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