Anita Rani didn’t feel she ‘belonged’ on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour before getting the gig

Anita Rani didn’t think she ‘belonged’ at Radio 4 (Picture: Helen McArdle/Good Housekeeping; Rex)

Anita Rani has revealed she didn’t feel pressure going up for her job on Woman’s Hour as she didn’t think she ‘belonged’ on the channel.

The presenter, 43, took on the job in January, hosting the Friday and Saturday editions of the show, but despite having listened to it for years, she didn’t think she would ever work for Radio 4.

Anita told Good Housekeeping: ‘I’ve spent my life listening to Woman’s Hour – even my dad was a big fan of it.

‘But I didn’t think that was where I belonged, so the job wasn’t on my radar. It was my agent who encouraged me to go for it.

‘There was an application process, and I wrote something about sitting in Ubers and always asking them to put on Radio 4. I also mentioned vaginas!’

Although her agent convinced her to go for the job, Anita felt no pressure as she didn’t think she would get it, adding: ‘But because I didn’t think I’d get it, it made me more relaxed; there wasn’t the weight of expectation.’

The presenter didn’t feel pressure going for the role (Picture: Helen McArdle/Good Housekeeping)
Anita found the pandemic helped her open up to friends (Picture: Helen McArdle/Good Housekeeping)

Anita also spoke out about her memoir, The Right Sort Of Girl, which she released in the summer, discussing her identity.

She added: ‘Getting a gig presenting Woman’s Hour and writing a book in one year is pretty massive!

‘The book is the biggest achievement for me, at least on a personal level. It’s really shifted me into a different sphere. Writing it has changed me.’

Anita Rani is Goood Housekeeping’s November cover star (Picture: Helen McArdle/Good Housekeeping)

Anita also revealed that the coronavirus pandemic helped her to open up to her friends, something she has struggled with in the past.

She explained: ‘The pandemic has given us all permission to say: “I’m not OK”. Before, we were all on autopilot; even if we were having the worst day, we’d say things were great because we bought into this idea that it’s all about productivity.

‘Whereas now we’re all having these really honest conversations; we’re able to share when we’re stressed or worrying about our parents.’

Read the full interview with Anita Rani in the November issue of Good Housekeeping on sale September 29, available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect.

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