Is Moira Stuart Still on Classic FM? Who Was Britain’s First Black Newsreader?

Moira Clare Ruby Stuart, CBE  is a British presenter and broadcaster. She was the first female newsreader of Caribbean heritage to appear on British national television, having worked on BBC News since 1981.

In a career spanning four decades, she has presented many television news and radio programmes for the BBC and, from 2010 for nine years, was the newsreader for The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2. She hosted on the station her own music show every Sunday from 23:00 till midnight, featuring “timeless classics” from the past 60 years.

Stuart began as a morning news presenter for Classic FM in February 2019 and, from July 2019, a weekend presenter with her own Saturday show.

Stuart has received several awards during her career, including being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001 for services to broadcasting, and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2022 for services to media.

Is Moira Stuart Still on Classic FM?

Yes, Moira presents, The Hall of Fame Concert, every Saturday from 4-7 pm on Classic FM. Every week, she celebrates the music that’s been voted into the world’s biggest poll of classical music tastes: the Classic FM Hall of Fame.

It was subsequently announced that she had joined Classic FM, in February 2019, to present the news on weekdays during the breakfast show, and from July 2019 would be presenting her own Saturday afternoon show, Moira Stuart’s Hall of Fame Concert.

Stuart, who described the move as “a wonderful opportunity to take a whole new journey, with people I really like and admire”, made her debut on Classic FM on 11 February 2019.

From 9 August 2020 she has hosted a new Sunday evening series, Moira Stuart Meets…, on Classic FM.

Who Was Britain’s First Black Newsreader?

Moira Stuart became Britain’s first black TV newsreader, working for the BBC first as a radio newsreader and continuity announcer in the 1970s and moving to television in 1981.

Since 27 August 1981, she has presented on every news bulletin devised on BBC Television apart from the Ten O’Clock News. She has also appeared on The News Quiz and presented the news on the BBC’s Breakfast with Frost programme each Sunday and its successor programme Sunday AM with Andrew Marr.