Andy Kershaw returns to Radio 3

Broadcaster Andy Kershaw is to return to BBC Radio 3 after three years off-air as a result of personal problems, it was announced today.

The world music presenter saw his long term relationship break down and he was jailed after breaking a restraining order.



He is now to host the series Music Planet - a radio off-shoot of a forthcoming landmark BBC1 programme, Human Planet.



Kershaw and fellow presenter Lucy Duran visit remote destinations around the world which feature in the BBC1 show and record the music there.



It is billed as "Radio 3's most significant and ambitious world music project ever".



Human Planet is an anthropological series following man's progress, celebrating leaps in ingenuity.



Kershaw, a former Radio 1 and Old Grey Whistle Test presenter, moved to Radio 3 ten years ago.



He left his show on the station three years ago after he broke a restraining order which barred him from approaching the home of Juliette Banner, the mother of his two children. The couple, who lived on the Isle of Man, had separated a few months earlier.



He was sentenced to three months in prison in 2008 although he served only a month and a half.



Kershaw was later given a suspended six-month sentence for again breaching a restraining order.



The new series visits locations such as Madagascar, Peru and Papa New Guinea to discover different sounds. It includes music peculiar to countries like Mongolia, as well as Greenland's katajjaq, a vocal contest between Inuit women with songs that involve throat singing and imitations of animals' cries.



Kershaw, 50, said: "I am thrilled to be back on Radio 3 working again with a team of bright, imaginative, enthusiastic, people who also happen to be dear friends.



"So far we have - literally - hacked through mountain jungles to bring Music Planet listeners extraordinary music from some of the world's most isolated locations. And I cheerily risked incineration at a rocket festival in Thailand to take our Radio 3 audience into the fiery thick of the action."



Both series will be broadcast next year.

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