Charlotte Green

Charlotte Green

Charlotte Green is a British radio continuity announcer and news reader for BBC Radio 4. Since 1998 she has specialised in news reading, including reading the news on Radio 4 flagship Today, and reading news items on The News Quiz.[1] The Daily Telegraph described her as "the supreme Radio 4 announcer whose warm yet slightly formal tones were once voted the nation's favourite".[2]


Early life

Green was educated at the independent Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls in Elstree, followed by the University of Kent, where she gained a first-class BA in English and American Literature and was involved in university radio,[3] before joining the BBC as a studio manager in the mid-1980s.[1] She has said that "I wanted to be an actress, but I decided there were too many actresses around, so I joined the BBC."[4]


She joined the BBC in 1978.[3] She was initially a Studio Manager in the World Service, and then after reading out letters for PM and You and Yours[3] she became a continuity announcer, and then a newsreader in 1988.[1] She is a regular newsreader for the Today programme and the comedy programme The News Quiz,[1] and she has worked on PM and the Shipping Forecast. From 29 October 2005, she joined Chris Evans' Saturday afternoon show on Radio 2 to read phone numbers and announcements.[5]

Her voice is a marvel, something to make one feel safe and secure, like being tucked up in bed with a hot water bottle.

—David Jewell, BJGP[6]

She was voted the "Most Attractive Female Voice on National Radio" in a poll by the BBC's Radio Times publication in 2002.[7][8] Green has acknowledged the reliance lonely listeners place in her; her habit of wishing listeners "a peaceful night" led many to send her letters.[2]

In addition to newsreading, Green has been a presenter, including for a programme on church music, a classical music concert series, and a series on World Service news bulletins.[4] She presented Notes & Queries with Clive Anderson on television.[3]

She played herself in a 2005 radio episode of the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,[9] and again played herself in 2008 in Simon Brett's radio detective drama Charles Paris.[10] She has been impersonated by Jan Ravens reading out a double entendres-filled shipping forecast on the BBC radio comedy show Dead Ringers.[5] She signed a public letter of protest to the BBC Trust regarding cuts to the radio news service in 2007.[11]

Green has on a number of occasions attracted some attention for inopportune giggling during on-air broadcasts.[2][3][12]

Personal life

Green enjoys going to the theatre, concerts and art exhibitions. She is an avid reader and a keen supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC. She is also a Trustee of the University of Kent Development Fund.[1]


  • Green, Charlotte (2007). "8: How to present a talk". In George Martin Hall. How to present at meetings (2 ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 51–4. ISBN 1405139854. 


  1. ^ a b c d e Charlotte Green, BBC
  2. ^ a b c Simon Elmes "Meet the disembodied friends of BBC Radio 4", Daily Telegraph, 29 September 2007. Retrieved on 28 March 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e Meg Carter. "Heard and not seen", The Independent, 31 March 1997. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Charlotte Green". BBC Radio News. 24 February 2004. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Kirby, Terry (5 May 2006). "Good faces for radio: Unmasking the broadcasters". The Independent. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Jewell, David (1 November 2007). "Happy 40th birthday BBC Radio". British Journal of General Practice (Royal College of General Practitioners) 57 (544): 925. PMC 2169327. 
  7. ^ "Terry Wogan and Charlotte Green voted most attractive voices on national radio", BBC Press Office 22 January 2002.
  8. ^ Akbar, Arifa (22 January 2002). "Newsreaders beat well-known 'faces' of radio in poll of most popular voices". The Independent. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Adams, Douglas; Maggs, Dirk; Hyman, Bruce; Helen Chattwell, Above the Title (Firm) (2005). The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy radio scripts: the tertiary, quandary and quintessential phases. Pan Macmillan. p. 246. ISBN 0330435108. 
  10. ^ Reynolds, Gillian (6 December 2008). "The singular charms of a louche sleuth". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  11. ^ Plunkett, John (11 October 2007). "Radio 4 newsreaders join protest". MediaGuardian (The Guardian). Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Old audio causes hilarity. An ancient audio recording gave BBC Radio 4 news reader Charlotte Green a fit of the giggles live on air. BBC (Realplayer)

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