By Newsdesk

Ken Livingstone prepares for the London Mayoral election


Global Radio’s LBC 97.3 has announced that the former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith will be joining David Mellor to present the station’s Saturday morning programme from 10am, starting on Saturday 3rd March.


Over the last year, Jacqui has presented a number of programmes on LBC 97.3 and will be taking over from Ken Livingstone as he prepares for the London Mayoral election. Ken has been co-presenting Saturday mornings with David Mellor since 2010.

In the latest official radio industry figures released by RAJAR, 1.15 million people* are tuning into LBC 97.3 each week.

Jacqui Smith said: “I’m very excited to be joining the great team at LBC 97.3 and hearing what listeners have to say about the big issues of the day. Although David Mellor and I come from opposite sides in the House of Commons, I’m looking forward to us being on the same side of the mic on Saturday mornings – even if not usually on the same side of the argument!”

LBC 97.3’s Managing Editor James Rea said: “Jacqui Smith has brought her unique insight and experience to LBC 97.3 and quickly established herself as a popular presenter. Now with David Mellor, the pair will be a straight-talking, must-listen double-act for Saturdays mornings.”

I did listen on Saturday and i think it works having them both on. It’s not often i say well done to Jacqui Smith but credit where credit is due.

David Mellor and Jacqui Smith can be found on the airwaves Saturday mornings on LBC 97.3 from 10am.

If you don’t live in the London area you can listen live online here