Sarah Montague

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Sarah Montague
Sarah Montague -NHS Confederation annual conference, Manchester-11July2011.jpg
As conference chairperson at the 2011 NHS Confederation annual conference
Born (1966-02-08) 8 February 1966 (age 51)
Alma mater University of Bristol
  • Stockbroker (former)
  • Journalist
  • Radio & Television presenter
Agent Noel Gay
Known for
Spouse(s) (Sir) Christopher Brooke
Website BBC webpage

Sarah Anne Louise Montague, Lady Brooke (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. Her father was an Army colonel. She attended Blanchelande College, a local independent school for girls, and went on to study biology at the University of Bristol, gaining 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 presented the very first programme on BBC News 24 with Gavin Esler on 9 November 1997. 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, Montague broke a strike at the BBC called by the National Union of Journalists. She arrived to present the Today programme at 3:30 am, along with fellow presenter Evan Davis, thereby not technically crossing the picket line.[5] On 15 July 2011, she again broke an NUJ strike by presenting Today with Justin Webb, again by arriving early.[6]

On 10 February 2015, she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa from the University of Bristol.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Montague married Richard Christopher Brooke. Montague is the mother of three daughters and also has a stepdaughter. In 2012, Mrs. Brooke became Lady Brooke, when her husband inherited the family baronetcy, to become Sir Christopher Brooke, Bt. [8]


  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. ^ Wells, Matt (Nov 29, 2001). "Today loses its velvet voice after 18 years of male jibes". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Steve Keen on BBC HARDtalk [good sync]. YouTube. 25 November 2011. 
  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. ^ Deans, Jason (15 July 2011). "BBC strike disrupts news programmes". the Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Public and Ceremonial Events Office. Honorary Degrees. Sarah Montague". University of Bristol. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Kay, Richard (1 November 2012). "Proud parents Tony and Cherie Blair see daughter Kathryn called to the Bar - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 

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