Carol Vorderman will return to the airwaves forever, as she has announced her new radio programme with LBC.
The former Countdown presenter was sensationally fired from the BBC last year after the corporation implemented new social media standards that she believed would result in her ‘losing her voice.’
However, she has since been hired by LBC after guest presenting on the station in recent weeks, and she will deliver a new show on Sunday afternoons from 4pm to 7pm.
Announcing the news on Thursday, Carol, 63, said: ‘I’m genuinely delighted to be joining the @lbc family from today.
‘Sundays 4pm -7pm every week. I’ve been dying to tell you for ages.
‘Live radio is an incredibly important platform, never more so than in this election year. YOUR stories. YOUR views. Join me.’
I'm genuinely delighted to be joining the @lbc family from today ❤️🤍💙
Sundays 4pm -7pm every week.
I've been dying to tell you for ages 😀
Live radio is an incredibly important platform, never more so than in this election year.
YOUR stories. YOUR views.
Join me ❤️ pic.twitter.com/sfYQXBgEB6
— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) January 11, 2024
In additional statement, she teased that she’ll be rocking the boat once again, stating: ‘I’m delighted to be joining LBC and the phenomenal stable of powerful voices on the station.
‘More than ever, live radio is an incredibly important platform for news, so I’m looking forward to returning to a medium that I love.
‘And what a year 2024 is going to be for news and politics!’
She continued: ‘On Sunday afternoon, I’ll be using my voice – as you might expect – to cause a commotion.
‘I won’t be shy to say things that others won’t and I’ll hold the corrupt to account without fear or favour.
‘And obviously I can’t wait to hear from the listeners – all of it, without apology or embarrassment; their worries, their joys, their ideas. To quote Bob Dylan “The times they are a-changin” and I can’t wait to get started – bring it on!’
Explaining their decision to take Carol on more of a permanent basis, LBC’s managing editor Tom Cheal said their listeners want ‘candid, intelligent debate where people are free to air their views openly’ now more than ever.
Cheal said he was ‘delighted’ that Carol will be dishing out her ‘straight-talking and incisive opinions’ making her the ‘perfect fit’ for the station.
Carol’s new programme will launch on January 14 at 4pm on LBC and Global Player, so LBC listeners won’t have to wait long.
It comes only two months after Carol was fired from BBC Radio Wales for criticising the ‘disgusting’ Tory administration.
In September, the broadcaster updated its guidelines on ‘individual use of social media’ for BBC presenters who do not actively report on current events.
It was announced in November that ‘BBC Wales management have decided [she] must leave’ after breaching those guidelines.
Carol broke the news to her saddened audience, who had watched her show for the last five years.
She said: ‘The BBC recently introduced new social media guidelines which I respect. However, despite my show being lighthearted with no political content, it was explained to me that as it is a weekly show in my name, the new guidelines would apply to all and any content that I post all year round.
‘Since those non-negotiable changes to my radio contract were made, I’ve ultimately found that I’m not prepared to lose my voice on social media, change who I am, or lose the ability to express the strong beliefs I hold about the political turmoil this country finds itself in.
‘My decision has been to continue to criticise the current UK government for what it has done to the country which I love – and I’m not prepared to stop. I was brought up to fight for what I believe in, and I will carry on.’