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Radio National revamps arts programming for 2018

ABC Radio National has announced its program for 2018, with its daily Books and Arts program to be replaced by a new arts program, The Hub.

The Hub will be presented by a different specialist line-up each weekday at 10am, with a changing focus on different artforms, including theatre, books, art, and film and television.

On Tuesdays Claire Nichols will host The Book Hub, with contributions from authors Annabel Crabb, Tara Moss and Michael Robotham. The hour-long program The Bookshelf will air on Friday at midday, with hosts Kate Evans and Cassie McCullagh ‘chatting about the books they’re reading and loving’. The ABC said the show ‘will take a look at the latest fiction releases, ‘with Kate, Cassie and a revolving additional panellist from the literary world discussing what to read, what to give a miss, and for the time poor–what to say at a dinner party when everyone’s talking about the newest-hottest novel and you haven’t had a chance to read it’.

Radio National’s arts, culture and society editor Dina Rosendorff said The Hub ‘will allow our expert presenters and producers to really home in on their respective specialties’. ‘Current presenter Michael Cathcart will spearhead this new model each week and is incredibly excited about concentrating on his passion for theatre and all that it encompasses,’ said Rosendorff.


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