Raheem Sterling and General Sir Nick Carter to edit Today show

Raheem Sterling, General Sir Nick Carter and mother whose daughters were murdered in a park will all guest edit BBC Radio 4’s Today show

  • The Today programme on Radio 4 gives guest editors the chance to shape shows
  • This year England star Raheem Sterling will take the reins for one edition
  • Mina Smallman, whose daughters Nicole and Bibaa were murdered, will as well
  • Outgoing Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter will also edit a show 

England footballer Raheem Sterling and the mother of two murdered sisters will be among the guest editors on Radio 4’s Today programme over the Christmas period.

The outgoing Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, will also edit the station’s flagship news show.

Others being handed the role over the festive period include author James Rebanks, Conservative peer Lord Dobbs, Microsoft chief digital officer Jacky Wright and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr Jane Goodall.

For the last 18 years the Today programme has given guest editors the chance to shape it in the week between Christmas and New Year.

Manchester City star Sterling has become a prominent voice in speaking out against racism. 

He recently launched a charitable foundation to support children and young people in need.

It is thought his programme will focus on social mobility and the role of leading sports people in society.

He said last month on racism: ‘I’m trying to take more action within the limits that I can do, of how I can help.

Mina Smallman, whose daughters Nicole and Bibaa were murdered, will edit an episode

England and Man City star Raheem Sterling is also going to be editor of the prestigious show

Outgoing Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter has also been announced

‘We can ask for help once, ask for help twice – I shouldn’t even say help: it should be a case that we see a situation happening and that should not be allowed to happen.

‘If it were comments in regards to something else I think it would be taken a lot more seriously. I don’t think when racist abuse is mentioned it’s taken as seriously as maybe some other topics.’

Sterling has previously said racist abuse he suffered at Chelsea in December 2018 forced him to speak out on the issue.

It happened when he retrieved a ball in front of the Matthew Harding stand during Manchester City’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge that year.

The Blues conducted an investigation and banned a fan for life as well as issuing sanctions against five other supporters for their behaviour during the match.

But the Crown Prosecution Service deciding not to initiate any criminal prosecutions.

It made him consider media coverage of him over his career and he put out a statement which urged ‘Have a second thought about fair publicity an give all players an equal chance.’ 

Lord Dobbs, who has previously criticised the BBC, will also be a guest editor on Today

Farmer and author James Rebanks, seen in the Lake District National Park with Simon Reeve, has been announced as one of Today’s editors over the festive period this year

Microsoft chief digital officer Jacky Wright has also been announced among the guest editors

Former Church of England archdeacon Mina Smallman, whose daughters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were killed at a park in Wembley in June last year, will look at the role of chaplaincy in times of need and look at the support victims of crime receive. 

The programme will also look at the Reclaim These Streets movement.

Her show may make tough listening for the Met Police, considering she called this morning for Dame Cressida Dick to step down.

It came after two officers admitted taking and sharing pictures of their dead bodies when they were supposed to be guarding the scene. 

General Sir Nick’s programme will include reports about Afghanistan and alternative ways to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Best-selling author and Cumbrian farmer Mr Rebanks will look at the role of that urban farms can play while Dr Goodall’s programme will look at the link between poverty and climate change.

Ms Wright will discuss whether young people are being given the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

Lord Dobbs, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year, will encourage Today listeners to learn more about how to beat the disease.

The special episodes will air between December 27 and January 3 2022.

Owenna Griffiths, editor of the Today programme, said: ‘Each year on Today the guest editors bring novel ideas, surprising perspectives and, on occasion, a little sparkle to the programme.

‘This year is no exception and I’m absolutely thrilled these guest editors have agreed to spend some time with us to help illuminate and make sense of the world we live in.’

Also during the festive period on BBC radio, Olympic diver Tom Daley will make his Radio 2 presenting debut on December 27.

Other highlights include the first radio adaptation of hit film and novel The Princess Bride, which will air on Radio 4 on Christmas Day.

Stacey Dooley will appear on Radio 5 Live for a Christmas Day special, while Jarvis Cocker will return to 6 Music on Christmas Eve for a festive takeover.

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