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Kathy Clugston is a newsreader and continuity announcer on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service[1]. 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 flagship Today programme.

Born in Belfast, Clugston attended Methodist College and then studied French and Russian at Queens 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 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 & 2001. She also lent her voice to the BBC Northern Ireland animated comedy series The Folks on the Hill.[2]

Prior to starting at Radio 4, Clugston spent some years in Amsterdam, working as a reporter and presenter for Radio Netherlands Worldwide[3].

Alongside her newsreading and announcing duties, Clugston is known as 'The Posh Radio 4 Lady' or 'The PR4L' on Scott Mills' drivetime 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".[4]

As well as being a noted ukelele player on Radio Four[5] 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 caught on and she reads the latest creations on Broadcasting House.[6]

Clugston is also the Female Irish voice on Tom Tom Sat nav's.[7]


  1. ^ [1] BBC Radio 4
  2. ^ [2] The TV Room Plus: BBC Northern Ireland announcers, accessed 27 February 2008
  3. ^ Radio Netherlands Archive
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  5. ^ Radio 4 listeners heard the newsreader The Times Jun 12, 2009; p. 13
  6. ^ Twitter time on Radio 4 The Independent 14 August 2009
  7. ^ Kathy Clugston Voiceovers


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