BBC names new Good Morning Ulster presenters


Sarah Brett and Chris Buckler are returning to Northern Ireland to present BBC Radio Ulster breakfast show Good Morning Ulster.

Previously, Buckler was BBC News’ Washington Correspondent; while Brett hosted her own late night discussion programme on BBC Radio 5 live.

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“Following a competitive process, we are pleased to confirm Sarah and Chris as the new voices of breakfast news on BBC Radio Ulster”, Adam Smyth, Head of BBC News NI, said.

“While they have each gone on to forge impressive careers across the BBC, they have remained passionate about news and events Northern Ireland and they bring with them a wealth of broadcasting experience.

“They will make a formidable pairing and we’re excited to see what they bring to the programme and station.”

Sarah Brett

Brett joined BBC Radio Foyle in the 2004 as a reporter. Five years later in April 2009, she began hosting her own programme on BBC Radio Foyle – The Sarah Brett Show.

For the following five years Brett was familiar voice on BBC Radio Ulster and Foyle and went on to present BBC Radio Foyle’s award-winning Breakfast programme with Enda McClafferty.

Since 2014, she’s been presenting on BBC Radio 5 live. She’s presented a wide range of programmes including Afternoon Edition, 5 live Drive and the Sarah Brett show.

She wrote and presented the podcast – Beast Of Man With Kevin Pietersen on BBC Sounds.

Born in Northampton, Sarah Brett moved to Donegal when she was four years old.

She studied journalism at the North West Regional College, Londonderry; then went on to write for newspapers including the Sunday Tribune, The Irish News and The Belfast Telegraph.

Chris Buckler

Buckler joined the BBC in 1999 as a news trainee. He went on to present and report for BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Newsline.

In 2008 he joined BBC network news as North of England Correspondent and later UK Affairs Correspondent.

He returned to Belfast as Ireland Correspondent in 2013. He then headed to Washington two years ago to report on the Trump administration and stories across north America.

He grew up in Helen’s Bay and studied at Queen’s University and later Ulster University.

As a law student at Queen’s he reported for Belfast Community Radio. He later went on to produce Stephen Nolan’s evening programme when the station became Belfast Citybeat.

Buckler also worked for the Belfast Telegraph before joining the BBC.

Buckler said: “Having covered two very busy years of Donald Trump’s presidency it was a difficult decision to leave the US ahead of this year’s election.

“But the opportunity to come home and be a part of BBC Northern Ireland’s flagship news programme was too much to turn down.

“I worked with all of the legendary presenters who are stepping down. It is a genuine honour to follow them on Radio Ulster’s airwaves.

“I’ve spoken to Sarah many times from Washington on BBC Radio 5 live. I can’t wait to sit alongside her in the studio in Belfast.


“We intend to make the programme a must-listen in the mornings and with ministers back in Stormont it is a great time to be relaunching the show.

“There may be some changes but you can rest assured that we’ll continue to investigate the big stories and ensure people are held to account.”

Brett said: “It’s been an extraordinary five years to work at 5 live. There’s nowhere like it for breaking news and political analysis.

“The people that work for this station are exceptionally creative and hardworking, but I’d like to single out the late team who’ve shaped my current show into something unique on the network.

“They’re also great people and a right laugh, which is entirely necessary in the middle of the night.

“I’m delighted about coming home for so many reasons, but to come back into a programme that’s the soundtrack to so many people’s mornings is a real honour.

“We’re at the epicentre of huge political and social change in Europe, the UK and the island of Ireland, but there’s so much happening on a local level too that’s just as important.

“Chris and I and the superb team at BBC Radio Ulster are totally committed to bringing you the best of that every day. And brighten your morning with a few smiles if we can.”

Brett and Buckler will join the station in April. Good Morning Ulster is on BBC Radio Ulster Mondays-Fridays from 6.30-9am.

It was announced in November 2019 that Noel Thompson and Karen Patterson were stepping away from presenting Good Morning Ulster.