Stephanie Hirst, formerly known as Simon, a DJ who underwent gender reassignment, is returning to mainstream radio after a year-long break

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Hirst who once hosted the commercial Top 40 show nationally between 2003 and 2006, will now present a weekly show on BBC Radio Manchester.


Her reason for taking part in a weekly show was wanting to ensure that her return is “gentle.”

Hirst, who has won three Sony Radio Awards, left radio stations Capital FM Yorkshire and Gold last June after confirming her gender change, according to BBC.

Also, numerous sources have told BBC that Hirst was suspended by bosses at Global Radio when she disclosed that she wanted to be a woman, although during that time, the company said otherwise.

“Hirsty made the decision to take time out to focus on the process he was going through. We were sad to see Hirsty leave but we were happy to offer him our full support.”

Evidently, Hirst is looking forward to her new role as well as her new show, which will focus on 1990s music, saying it “allows me time to grow into a broadcaster as Stephanie.”

Hirst’s new show will start on 4 July at 22:00 BST.

[Image via BBC]


With Sherley Boursiquot