Sarah Montague

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Sarah Montague
Sarah Montague -NHS Confederation annual conference, Manchester-11July2011.jpg
As conference chairperson at the NHS Confederation annual conference, Manchester
Born (1966-02-08) 8 February 1966 (age 48)
Alma mater University of Bristol
  • Stockbroker (former)
  • Journalist
  • Radio & Television presenter
Agent Noel Gay
Known for
Spouse(s) Christoph Brooke
BBC webpage

Sarah Anne Louise Montague (born 8 February 1966)[1] is a British journalist, best known for her work on BBC Radio 4 as one of the regular presenters of the Today programme.

Early life[edit]

Montague was born to John Montague and Mary (née O'Malley) on Guernsey, a British Crown Dependency and one of the Channel Islands. She attended Blanchelande College, a local independent school for girls, and she went on to study biology at the University of Bristol and gained a BSc.[2]


Montague's first job was as a stockbroker for County NatWest, and then a Eurobond dealer with NatWest Capital Markets in London. She then went into business in London with the owner of Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts.

Montague began her journalistic career with Channel Television in 1991. She joined Reuters in January 1995, and then became business correspondent for Sky News in January 1996.

She joined the BBC during October 1997, and presented Newsnight and BBC News, before joining the Today news programme on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.[1][3] She has also presented HARDtalk on BBC News.[4] In December, 2008 she hosted BBC World's Nobel Minds in the library of the Royal Palace, Stockholm. The 2008 Nobel Prize winners in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Economics and Literature had a round-table discussion on issues of global concern and their own contributions to the world of knowledge.

On 6 November 2010 she was noted for breaking a strike at the BBC, called by the National Union of Journalists, when she arrived to present the Today programme at 3:30am, along with fellow presenter Evan Davis, thereby not technically crossing the picket line.[5] On 15 July 2011, she again by passed an NUJ strike presenting Today with Justin Webb, again by arriving early.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Montague married Christoph Brooke. Montague has three daughters with Brooke and a stepdaughter.[7]


  1. ^ a b Who's who
  2. ^ Debrett's People of Today 2005 (18th ed.). Debrett's. p. 1155. ISBN 1-870520-10-6. 
  3. ^ “Today loses its velvet voice after 18 years of male jibes: Sue McGregor, programme's longest serving presenter to quit” by Matt Wells Media correspondent The Guardian; Nov 29, 2001; pg. 3
  4. ^ Montague interviews Steve Keen
  5. ^ Hastings, Chris (7 November 2010). "Dragons' Den star defies BBC strikers: Furious row as Evan Davis crosses the picket line to keep news show on air". London: The Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  6. ^ “BBC strike disrupts news programmes. BBC1's Breakfast off air, Today on Radio 4 runs documentary and regular 5 Live Breakfast hosts replaced” by Jason Deans, Friday 15 July 2011 08.32 BST.
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