Today is a little sad for me as a voice I have known for nearly twenty years is retiring from BBC Radio Four. Charlotte Green has been the voice of news reading on that most fine of stations for quarter of a century, longer than I have listen to it. Radio Four, I think, is the finest information based station in the world and while it will continue on and there is a stack of talent still there it will not be the same for me. Early in the morning her voice said ‘wake up and get to working’, in the day it said ‘take a break and have some lunch’, the evening saw ‘press on and get that piece finished’ and the bulletin at ten at night said ‘that’s enough, time to quit’. Last year another loved long term voice, Harriet Casse, also left the station.
Oddly enough Charlotte was and is very camera shy and right up to lunchtime today I had no idea what she looked like! She only appeared on screen for a few seconds but it was nice to put a face to the voice.
Happy Trails Charlotte and if they ask you back please say yes!