Anna Foster to become full-time host of 5 Live Drive

The former reporter will join co-presenter Peter Allen every weekday in the 4-7pm slot

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Radio 5 Live regular Anna Foster is to become a permanent fixture on the BBC station’s weekday 4-7pm Drive slot.


Foster, who currently co-hosts the show with Peter Allen Wednesday to Friday, is set to join him permanently in May, replacing stand-in Louise Minchin, who is also a presenter on BBC1’s Breakfast show.

Foster will fill the vacancy left by Allen’s previous full-time Drive co-presenter Aasmah Mir, who left the show to pursue a YouTube cooking venture.

Anna Foster joined 5 Live as a reporter in 2005 before being made co-host of Weekend Breakfast with Phil Williams. She has broadcast from Iraq and Afghanistan, and covered major national stories ranging from the Cumbrian shootings and subsequent search for Raoul Moat to the London Marathon and Olympic Torch Relay. Last summer she co-anchored BBC Radio 5 live Olympics Extra, a dedicated digital station for the London 2012 Games.

Foster said of her new role: “Drive is simply a fantastic news programme, and well-known for its outstanding journalism. I’m delighted to be joining the team and working alongside one of the country’s great broadcasters in Peter.”


Allen called Foster “highly professional and already a friend,” adding “I can honestly say she is one of the most talented broadcasters with whom I have worked.”