Anita replaces Bannister on Five Live

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BBC’s talk radio station Five Live has today announced that Matthew Bannister will not be returning to his daily weeknight show after the loss of his wife.

Mr Bannister has told Five Live’s controller, Bob Shennan, that he is unable to continue presenting the show he has hosted for more than two years as he needs to look after the youngest of his two children, 14 year-old son Joseph, in the evenings.

Former ZEE News UK presenter Anita Anand will continue to present the 10pm-1am nightly show until a permanent presenter has been found. An email from Mr Shennan to Five Live’s management said: “I plan to ask Anita to continue to deputise for the time being. We’ll take stock and make a permanent appointment in a couple of months.”

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