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Monday, August 30, 1999 Published at 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK


Humphrys considers Today move

John Humphrys: His Today contract expires in the spring

News presenter John Humphrys is considering leaving the BBC's flagship radio news programme Today.

The 56-year-old broadcaster says he is thinking over a "radical change" when his contract expires next spring.

"I have no more job ambitions in broadcasting. If I was offered an interview with the Queen that would be good, but I am fulfilled in terms of my broadcasting career," he said.

[ image: John Humphrys has worked for Today for 13 years]
John Humphrys has worked for Today for 13 years
The former television newsreader has worked on the Radio 4 morning news programme for 13 years.

He also presents BBC One's On The Record programme and On The Ropes, also on Radio 4.

He said he intended to either retire from the Today programme altogether or scale down the amount of work he did for the show.

"It's a case of how little you can do, still be a presence and still be important. Three or four days a fortnight would be attractive but too little from an editor's point of view," he explained.

He added that he would like to spend more time writing and has ambitions to buy an organic farm and retire to the country.

[ image: Fellow presenter Sue McGregor]
Fellow presenter Sue McGregor
A BBC spokesman said: "John has been talking about what he will do when he leaves the BBC for a while now, so this is not news to us - but we do not discuss individual's contracts."

The Today programme is broadcast between 0600 and 0900 BST from Monday to Friday and from 0700 to 0900 BST on Saturday.

Its other regular presenters are James Naughtie and Sue McGregor.

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