Wake Up to Money

Wake Up to Money is an early morning financial radio programme on BBC Radio 5 Live. It is broadcast from 05:15 to 06:00 each weekday.

Wake Up to Money
Other namesMorning Reports
GenreUK business
Running time45 minutes (Monday-Friday 05:15)
Country of originUK
Home stationBBC Radio 5 Live
Hosted byMickey Clark
Sean Farrington
Louise Cooper
Guy Kilty
Danni Hewson
Produced byEconomics and Business Unit, BBC News
Original releaseMarch 1994 – present


The programme was established when Radio 5 Live began broadcasting in March 1994. It has been produced by the Business Programmes section of BBC Radio which produces for Radio 4 and 5 Live in the Business and Economics unit. It began as a fifteen-minute programme, starting at 05:45, as part of the Morning Reports programme. It became a programme in its own right on 29 April 2002, starting at 05:30. The format was updated in early 2014: the broadcast time was extended to 45 minutes with the show starting at 05:15.


Louise Cooper (Mon & Tue) or Mickey Clarke (Wed-Fri) provides the shares news on the FTSE 100 Index, the commodities prices and currencies' markets, and has more knowledge of companies' financial performance, history, and corporate structure. Adam Parsons provides the personal finance (e.g. mortgages or insurance) knowledge. There is an element of (cheeky sarcasm) humour to the programme.

Executives from companies are invited for live discussions on the programme. Guests are often invited from industry trade groups, such as the CBI, IoD, FSB, or government economic organisations, such as Business Link, university business schools, or watchdogs.

In 2008/09, the banks featured heavily; rarely had a programme not mentioned the state of the UK banks or the Financial Services Authority.

Frequent guests include David Buik, and Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven Investment Management.


The programme is also carried by Radio Scotland, Radio Ulster, and Radio Foyle.

Former presenters

  • Adrian Chiles - from March 1994, until the mid-1990s. He later married the co-presenter of the Morning Reports programme, Jane Garvey
  • Philippa Lamb - followed Chiles and later went on to present 5 Live's Moneycheck and Radio 4's Nice Work
  • Declan Curry - from the mid-1990s until 1997
  • Pauline McCole - regular stand-in presenter since 2001
  • Simon Jack - presents business for Today
  • Paul Lewis - from August 1997 until 11 August 2000
  • Guy Ruddle - from 2000 until December 2005, later made podcasts for The Telegraph
  • Adam Shaw
  • Andrew Verity
  • Adam Parsons
  • Jeremy Naylor
  • Rob Young

See also


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