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Lawley to leave her desert island

9 May 2006

After 18 years, more than 700 celebrity interviews and 1000s of songs, Sue Lawley (BA 1967) is to bid farewell to BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

After 18 years, more than 700 celebrity interviews and 1000s of songs, Sue Lawley (BA 1967) is to bid farewell to BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. She has occupied the presenter's chair since 1987 and is only the third presenter in the show's 64-year history. Her last programme will be on August 27 before she goes on to explore 'other aspects of broadcasting and maybe a bit of business too'.

Sue studied Modern Languages at Bristol before winning a place as a trainee journalist, learning her craft on The Western Mail & Echo in Cardiff before moving into television. Over the years she has interviewed some of the biggest names in politics, the arts, literature and sport, as well as covering the budgets and general elections for the BBC and  ITV and presenting Question Time, Wogan and her own television chat show, Saturday Matters.