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 49)
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 (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 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 bypassed an NUJ strike 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 Sarah, Lady Brooke, when her husband inherited the family baronetcy, to become Sir Christopher Brooke, Bt. [8]

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 honoured by the monarch's own son.


  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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