Sandi Toksvig steps down from Radio 4’s News Quiz
28 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Toksvig was awarded an OBE for Services to Broadcasting in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List
Comedian Sandi Toksvig is to leave BBC Radio 4’s comedy show The News Quiz after nine years and 28 series.
The 56-year-old will step down at the end of the upcoming series, which begins on Friday 15 May.
“I have decided it is time to move on and, of course, I feel sad but I think it’s the right moment,” said the host.
“The show is in great shape and, like a good house guest, you should always depart when people still wish you’d stay a bit longer.”
Toksvig first appeared on the programme as a panellist in 1992, when the programme was chaired by Barry Took.
She took over at the helm in 2006, since when she has presided over more than 220 episodes.
In some recent editions, however, the Danish-British comedian was replaced by stand-ins Susan Calman and Jeremy Hardy.
A BBC press release said Toksvig had made the “difficult decision” to leave in order “to embark on a new and exciting stage of her career”.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment