Waleed Aly rejoins Radio National

Staff Writer
Waleed Aly (pic: Craig Abraham)

Radio National has announced a series of changes to their on-air schedule to commence following the Easter long weekend.

Waleed Aly, former host of RN Drive, returns to ABC RN as co-host of The Minefield, one of two new programs.

Each week, beginning Thursday 9 April from 11.30am, Waleed, along with Scott Stephens, Editor of the ABC’s Religion and Ethics website, and specialist commentator on religion and ethics for ABC radio and television, will shine the spotlight on social issues.

Aly commented; “It’s always such a privilege to be on RN, and always such a joy to be exploring such big ideas with great people. This show distills everything I love, and everything that’s unique about this corner of broadcasting.

I’ve never done a show on RN without Scott. And why would I do a show without him? He’s always stimulating, frequently provocative and constantly expanding our intellectual horizons.”

Deborah LeavittRN Manager Deborah Leavitt added;

“Even the most sure footed of us at times find ourselves perplexed when confronted with moral problems—or are instinctively dissatisfied with the solutions currently on offer. I can think of no better pair to bring these issues to light.”

The other new program on Radio National is called “Showcase”, and will comprise of specially commissioned short-run series, each following a specific theme explored across four to six episodes; from space travel to the way we use words, from the lives of animals to the hidden assumptions of everyday banter.

Showcase commences Sunday 12 April, and runs from 3.30—4.00pm.

In addition to the new shows, there will be a number of other amendments to the RN schedule:

  • Earshot, presented by David Rutledge, will be broadcast Monday to Wednesday, 11—12 noon and Thursday 11—11.30 am, commencing Monday 6 April.
  • Blueprint for Living, RN’s popular new Saturday morning program presented by Michael Williams, director of the Wheeler Centre, will be extended by 30 minutes: Saturday, 9.00—10.30am, commencing Saturday 18 April.
  • The Music Show, presented by Andrew Ford, will continue to entertain and surprise its devoted listeners in the new time of Saturday and Sunday, 10.00—11.00am, commencing Saturday 18 April.
  • Fans of All in the Mind, presented by Lynne Malcolm, and The Philosopher’s Zone, presented by Joe Gelonesi, will be pleased to hear that these two programs will now become a permanent fixture on the RN schedule, rather than seasonal ones, from Sunday 19 April.


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