Ruth graduated from the University of Cape Town. She was a regular contributor to The Tom Robinson Show (BBC Radio 6 Music, 2009 – 2012) and she presented The Other Woman (Amazing Radio, 2011 – 2015). Ruth was a continuity announcer for BBC One and BBC Two (March 2011 – 2015 and 2017); and since January 2018, she has been heard on BBC Four. In 2014, she began presenting documentaries on BBC Radio 4. And in 2016, she became director of Chalk and Blade, a podcast production company.


Paul R. Jackson corresponded with Ruth in June 2018. He asked about her BBC career and the reason for the gap in her on-air presence: “I was on maternity leave 2015 – 2016. I rejoined as a freelancer in 2017, but then moved to BBC Four (which is pre-recorded) as of January this year. As for anecdotes – I had a pretty quiet time doing live continuity on BBC One and BBC Two. The odd time the weather studio didn’t go live, so I would adlib the weather – or a breakdown or two…is all I experienced. I was never on shift for any major political events or deaths.”


Personal Information

Date of Birth: 9th November 1978
Age: 40
Honours: Not Applicable

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