As conference chairperson at the NHS Confederation annual conference, Manchester
8 February 1966 |
|Alma mater||University of Bristol|
|Spouse(s)||(Sir) Christopher Brooke|
Montague was born to John Montague and Mary (née O'Malley) on Guernsey, a British Crown Dependency and one of the Channel Islands. Her father was an Army colonel. 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.
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.
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. She has also presented HARDtalk on BBC News. 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. On 15 July 2011, she again by passed an NUJ strike presenting Today with Justin Webb, again by arriving early.
In 2002, Montague married Richard Christopher Brooke. Montague is the mother of three daughters, and also has a stepdaughter. In 2012, Mrs. Brooke became Sarah, Lady Brooke, when her husband inherited the family baronetcy, to become Sir Christopher Brooke, Bt. 
Sarah Montague the political journalist would no doubt appreciate the fact that the title, which dates back to 1662, was conferred by King Charles II on an Army colonel who had fought not for the Royalists, on behalf of Charles I, but for the Parliamentarians who had ousted and executed him. Sir Henry had survived the Civil War and was not only forgiven, at the Restoration, but was even honoured by the monarch's own son. Politics, Montague would tell Lady Brooke, is the art of the possible.
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- Debrett's People of Today 2005 (18th ed.). Debrett's. p. 1155. ISBN 1-870520-10-6.
- “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
- Montague interviews Steve Keen
- 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.
- “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 guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 July 2011 08.32 BST.
- "University of Bristol Honorary Degrees".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sarah Montague.|
- Profile @ BBC News
- BBC Radio 4 Profile
- Sarah Montague at the Internet Movie Database
- Articles for the New Statesman