Vanessa Feltz joins TalkTV to host new drivetime show | The Sun08/22/2022
VANESSA Feltz has joined TalkTV to host a new drivetime show.
The TV and radio legend will bring charm and brawny opinions to viewers and listeners in a new three-hour show from Monday, September 5.
Vanessa, 60, said she's eager to tackle the big issues of the day once more on TalkTV, after recently quitting her early morning show on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio London after nearly 20 years.
She said: “I will relish full-throttled debate and the chance to have a personal passionate point of view at last. Even better, I’ll be at the reins of Drivetime.
"Lord what luxury! After years of 3.30 am starts I’ll have a show without an alarm clock involved. If I terrified Mayor Sadiq Khan so acutely he never dared set foot in my studio on almost no sleep, tune in to see what I can achieve on a full eight hours shut-eye.
“I’ll be on ‘The Talk’ at 9pm two-three nights a week too. Times have never been tougher and neither have I. See you there 4pm from Monday September 5th and have a good lunch first. You’re going to need the calories!!”
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She added of her longtime partner Ben: "The allure of a retirement reclining on a chaise longue while the fragrant Ben peeled me a grape was fleeting.
"While there are politicians to be tackled, fat cats to be flattened, scams to expose and Lovely Listeners to champion it’s my mission to breathe fire into the microphone. After an elegant sojourn at the BBC I am effervescent with joy at the invitation to unleash my hitherto hidden side on Talk TV."
Vanessa has replaced Jeremy Kyle as the permanent host of the drivetime show and joins a stellar cast of talent on TalkTV including Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, Tom Newton Dunn, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mike Graham and Ian Collins.
Earlier this year it was announced that Kyle is set to host a new primetime show on TalkTV, launching in the autumn.
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Vanessa began presenting the Radio 2 Early Breakfast Show in January 2011, from 5am-6.30am, which was extended to 4am from January 2021.
During her time on the show she has won many awards including a Sony Gold in 2009 for BBC Radio London, two gold Gillard Awards and, in 2017 and 2022, the show won silver in the Best Speech Breakfast Show category at the Arias (The Radio Academy's Audio and Radio Industry Awards).
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TalkTV launched in April as a bold new voice in news, current affairs, debate and opinion.
The continued growth in radio listeners comes as the schedule finds news audiences, simulcasting with TalkTV, available on Sky Channel 526, Sky Glass Channel 508, Virgin Media Channel 627, Freeview Channel 237 and Freesat Channel 217 as well as on DAB, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Samsung TV Plus, YouTube, the Talk.TV website and TalkTV iOS and Android apps.
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