Irish rocker Bono will try his hand at radio this Christmas (04), when he takes over a BBC radio news programme.

The U2 frontman and fervent charity campaigner is one of five famous figures, also including movie director Anthony Minghella and entrepreneur SIR Richard Branson, to be given the chance to dictate the news agenda on BBC RADIO 4's TODAY programme, for one morning each between 27 and 31 December (04).

Bono says, "I have to confess, I'm not a natural editor. I want to start the countdown to next year (05), when Britain can change the world for the poorest people on the planet."

The move follows a similar project last year (03), when Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, scientist Stephen Hawking and novelist MONICA ALI were allowed to take charge of the show.

08/12/2004 21:21