Huw Kennair-Jones succeeds Sean O’Connor in the role.
“Having started listening to The Archers on Sunday mornings as a child while my mother did the ironing, I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the team in Birmingham at such an exciting time in the show’s history and building on the brilliant work Sean O’Connor has done during his tenure. The Archers occupies a unique place in the nation’s heart and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to be part of this iconic programme’s future.” – Huw Kennair-Jones
The appointment isn’t Kennair-Jones first foray into soap as he was once story producer on EastEnders and a producer on Holby City.
Other work includes producing the dramas Medici: Masters of Florence, New Tricks and Waterloo Road, plus involvement with Strike Back, Mad Dogs, The Last Witch, Fleming, Falcon, The Runaway and Going Postal during a lengthy spell in drama commissioning with Sky.
“As ever The Archers is part of our national conversation. And we can be sure that with our talented and experienced new editor, Huw Kennair-Jones, Ambridge will continue to be in safe hands. I am delighted to welcome Huw to Radio 4 and I very much look forward to working with him.” – Gwyneth Williams, Controller Radio 4 & Radio 4 Extra
Huw joins the team following the departure of Sean O’Connor, who swapped Ambridge for Walford earlier this year.
The Archers is the world’s longest-running soap opera having started in 1950 on the Regional Home Service. It is recorded in Birmingham at the Mailbox and remains one of Radio 4’s most popular programmes.