BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter Emma Barnett hosted her final show last week following more than a three-year stint at the helm of the programme, devoted to female topics.

She will join the radio station’s Today programme in May after Irish journalist Martha Kearney revealed this year that she will be leaving Radio 4’s flagship current affairs show.

But who is taking over from Emma? Her replacement has now been announced.

Who is replacing Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour?

Irish broadcaster Nuala McGovern will join the presenting line-up on Woman’s Hour, the broadcaster has confirmed.

Nuala, who is a familiar voice to listeners of the show as she covered for Emma during her maternity leave, will present the popular programme from Monday to Wednesday each week from May 13.

Broadcaster Anita Rani will take over the reins on Thursday and will continue to host her current Friday and Saturday editions.

During her stint helming Woman’s Hour last year, Nuala hosted the live reveal of the Woman’s Hour Power List which included interviewing England captain Leah Williamson, who topped the list.

She also spoke to a host of high-profile women including education activist Malala Yousafzai, actresses Laura Dern and Rosamund Pike, singer Arlo Parks and Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Dame Lynne Owens.

In her 20-year career, Nuala has worked across the BBC and is one of the leading presenters on the BBC World Service.

She has reported for the broadcaster from more than 30 countries and at many important events including at both the funeral of the late Queen and the coronation of the King.

Nuala McGovern said ‘it is a real privilege’ to be new Woman’s Hour presenter

Nuala said being chosen as the next presenter of Woman’s Hour “fills me with joy”.

She added: “It is a real privilege to present this extraordinary programme. I’m looking forward to working with the superb Woman’s Hour team on the rigorous journalism expected on women’s issues but also making time for escapism and fun.

“I’m especially looking forward to getting back to the Woman’s Hour listeners, I have missed them.”

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The editor of Woman’s Hour, Karen Dalziel, commented: “I’m delighted that Nuala McGovern is joining Woman’s Hour.

“She’s an exceptional journalist who brings an astonishing range of broadcasting experience to this role.

“Nuala has a deep curiosity about the issues that matter to women, and the intellect and warmth to bring them to life for our listeners.

“Paired with the skill and effervescence of Anita Rani our audience are in for a real treat six days a week.”