Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Bjorn Ulvaeus will be guest editors of BBC Radio 4’s Today program over the Christmas period.
In previous years, the show has given editorial control to public figures such as Prince Harry, Lewis Hamilton and Angelina Jolie and will air this year in the week from Christmas to New Year.
It also saw guest editing by David Hockney, Raheem Sterling, Prue Leith, Melinda Gates, George the Poet, Jarvis Cocker and Professor Stephen Hawking.
Owenna Griffiths, editor of the Today programme, said: “For nearly 20 years, guest editors have turned Christmas on Today, creating some of the most memorable moments in the show’s rich history.
“This year has been no different, and I am incredibly grateful to these guest editors for taking the time to bring new stories, unexpected perspectives and a little festive cheer to the Today audience. “
During this year’s festive period, Zaghari-Ratcliffe will look at how you stay free during difficult times for her show.
The 44-year-old woman was imprisoned in Iran for six years until her release earlier this year.
In the radio show, she will also cover Iran and review the British Government’s efforts to free UK prisoners.
Meanwhile, Ulvaeus and ABBA member Benny Andersson with a choir recorded a new remix of a track from ABBA’s 2021 album, Voyage.
Ulvaeus, 77, is also looking forward to Eurovision 2023 and why ABBA means so much to the LGBT+ community.
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Sir Jeremy Fleming will be the first Editor of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) as he explores the opportunities and risks of data – from intelligence to competitive sport.
Chef and campaigner Jamie Oliver will use his show to find big ideas to improve children’s health and discover whether doing good is good business.
The 47-year-old, who started his career with the series The Naked Chef, will feature some of the politicians he has convinced to fight for his problem, childhood obesity and school meals for more than two decades.
Starting the festive takeover on Gift Day will be Lord Ian Botham, former cricketer and president of Durham County Cricket Club.
He supports a wide range of charities through the Beefy Charitable Foundation and will review the advances in the treatment and diagnosis of childhood leukemia since he began his first charity fundraiser. first in 1985.
Meanwhile, Anne-Marie Imafidon, 32, president of the British Scientific Association and author, will also be guest editing.
The computer scientist wants to share new perspectives on science, problem solving, and New Year’s Eve comedy.
She was first interviewed on Today when she was 11 years old and took her GCSE exam early.
To see how we can support young people leaving the care system to work, Sharon White, president of John Lewis, will conclude a guest edited series.
The guest editors of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, will air from December 26 to January 2, except for Sundays.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/nazanin-zaghari-ratcliffe-and-bjorn-ulvaeus-to-guest-edit-today-programme-42178304.html Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Bjorn Ulvaeus as guest editors of Today