The 50 best BBC radio broadcasters of all time

From Sandi Toksvig and Graham Norton to Kirsty Young and Terry Wogan, industry figures helped us compile a list of masters of the medium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of BBC radio

The panel

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Experts’ choice: the radio royalty who cast their votes.

STIG ABELL editor of The Times Literary Supplement and LBC presenter

JENNY ABRAMSKY former director of BBC radio

DAVID BENEDICT critic

ZOË BALL Radio 2 presenter

HELEN BOADEN former BBC director of radio

LYNN BOWLES Radio 2 presenter

KEN BRUCE Radio 2 presenter

ADRIAN CHILES Radio 5 Live presenter

GIDEON COE 6 Music presenter

CORRIE CORFIELD Radio 4 newsreader

SARA COX Radio 2 presenter

PETER CURRAN Radio 4 producer and performer

VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE Radio 5 Live presenter

PAUL DONOVAN radio columnist

CATHY DRYSDALE producer of Desert Island Discs

CLAIRE FOX regular on Radio 4’s The Moral Maze

SEBASTIAN FAULKS novelist and regular on Radio 4’s The Write Stuff

MARK FRITH Editor of Radio Times

PAUL GAMBACCINI Radio 2 and Radio 4 presenter

FI GLOVER Radio 4 presenter

LINDA GRANT broadcaster and writer

JEREMY HARDY comedian and Radio 4 News Quiz regular

BOB HARRIS Radio 2 presenter

NATALIE HAYNES broadcaster and writer

DAVID HENDY historian of the BBC

PETER HENNESSY broadcaster and writer

DAVID HEPWORTH broadcaster and radio critic

MARY ANNE HOBBS 6 Music presenter

JOHN HUMPHRYS Today presenter

SUSAN JEFFREYS radio critic

ANNE KARPF radio critic

MARTHA KEARNEY presenter of Radio 4’s The World at One

SHAUN KEAVENY 6 Music presenter

BRIDGET KENDALL broadcaster

LIZ KERSHAW 6 Music presenter

NICHOLAS LEZARD radio critic

JOHN LLOYD Radio 4 comedy producer

TIM LUCKHURST journalism professor and biographer of Today

NICK LUSCOMBE Radio 3 presenter

SUE MACGREGOR Radio 4 broadcaster

ELISABETH MAHONEY radio critic

EDDIE MAIR Radio Times columnist and presenter of Radio 4’s PM

SARFRAZ MANZOOR broadcaster and writer

IAN McMILLAN presenter of Radio 3’s The Verb

ROSIE MILLARD broadcaster and writer

AASMAH MIR presenter of Radio 4’s Saturday Live

JENNI MURRAY presenter of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

CATHERINE PEPINSTER journalist and Thought for the Day regular

PHILIP PULLMAN writer

LIBBY PURVES former presenter of Radio 4’s Midweek

SUSAN RAE Radio 4 newsreader

IAN RANKIN writer

CAROLINE RAPHAEL radio producer

MAX REINHARDT Radio 3 presenter

GILLIAN REYNOLDS Radio Times columnist

MIRANDA SAWYER broadcaster and radio critic

WILL SELF writer and broadcaster

ALYN SHIPTON Radio 3 presenter

NINA STIBBE writer and RT contributor

TOM SUTCLIFFE presenter of Radio 4’s Saturday Review

ISY SUTTIE comedian

FIONA STURGES radio critic

MATTHEW SWEET Radio 3 presenter

FIONA TALKINGTON Radio 3 presenter

DJ TAYLOR writer and broadcaster

LAURIE TAYLOR presenter of Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed

CLARE TEAL Radio 2 presenter

PETROC TRELAWNY Radio 3 presenter

LYNNE TRUSS broadcaster and writer

JEREMY VINE Radio 2 presenter

JOHNNIE WALKER Radio 2 presenter

JUSTIN WEBB Today presenter

ARABELLA WEIR actress and comedian

FRANCIS WHEEN regular on Radio 4’s The News Quiz

JO WHILEY Radio 2 presenter

STEVE WRIGHT Radio 2 presenter

CAROLINE WYATT BBC news journalist

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KIRSTY YOUNG presenter of Desert Island Disc