- Prince Harry will guest edit the BBC “Today” programme in late December.
- His slot will focus on issues “close to his heart,” including mental health.
- Another episode will feature an AI presenter who will interview guests.
Prince Harry will edit one of the BBC’s biggest news programme over Christmas, the broadcaster announced.
Harry will be in charge of one episode of BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme, a daily current affairs show listened to by around 7 million people.
It will be broadcast during the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, during which period control of the programme is traditionally handed over to celebrity figures.
A new initiative for 2017 will also see a programme dedicated to artificial intelligence, which will feature an AI version of presenter Mishal Husain, who will interview human guests live on air.
The prince, who is fifth in line to the British throne, will dedicate segments of the programme to youth violence, conservation, and mental health, according to a BBC press release.
It is not clear whether he will appear on the programme himself, an option which previous guest presenters have taken.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace said Harry took up the offer from the BBC to “shine a spotlight on a number of issues that are close to his heart.”
A precise date for his episode has yet to be finalised.
The AI episode will be the last of the week. The BBC said it will help to answer the question of whether computers can “remove all trace of human error” from the flagship programme.