Anita Rani: It’s an honour to be joining Woman’s Hour

As the second host of Woman's Hour, Anita Rani was revealed, "Radio 4 is still looking for ways" to "be relevant to the audience throughout the UK."

Emma Barnett followed the BBC broadcast from Monday to Thursday.

Countryfile star Rani will show the program editions on Friday and Saturday, beginning this week.

What a pleasure to participate @bbcwomanshour Can't wait to get behind the microphone to address anything you want me.

The mothership is all on

— anita rani (@izanitarani) on 12 January 2021.

Rani said she was pleased to join the "maternity."

"I have long been a Women's Hour fan and admired the guests who had previously hosted the show, so I can't wait for it myself," she said.

"I look forward to meeting the listeners and addressing topics that matter much to them.

"To women who cannot be heard anywhere, Woman's Hor has always offered a voice and I wish to maintain that essential tradition.

What an honor and a way to start the weekend."

Emma Barnett on her first day on BBC Radio 4 (BBC Radio 4/PA) presenting Woman's Hour

Her nomination came when Mohit Bakaya, Controller of Radio 4 said he wants "Radio 4 to try to find ways to represent better and be of interest to the public in the UK...

"Women's Hours has a special role to play in this in terms of women's topics and stories," he said.

"I am glad that Anita Rani joins the program.

"She offers a wealth of broadcasting expertise and a knowledge and insight which are useful in exploring today's challenges for women.

"With the introduction of Emma Barnett and Anita, Woman's Hour could not be in better hands."

Murray Dame (Amanda Searle/BBC/PA) Jenni Murray

Rani is a regular BBC Radio 2 presenter.

She got her own radio show on Sunrise Radio in Bradford when she was just 14 years old.

She has been hosting many BBC documentaries, including Bollywood, The World's Largest Film Industry, and she faces War On Plastic along with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

In 2020, Rani disclosed that she encountered mistake in 2018 and said she was happy to have opened up what was a "taboo" topic.

Barnett became the main host for Woman's Hour at the beginning of January, after Jane Garvey's decision to split with Jenni Murray.

After her debut, the new host hit the headlines as Kelechi Okafor came out of the show.

Okafor was supposed to speak to Barnett about the Me Too campaign, but tweeted saying that after the host had overheard, she opted to not appear "talking shit of me to the producers."

Barnett released a statement on Twitter that she "helped my team and Kelechi with my questions."