XS Manchester announces Michelle Ackerley set to host new show

Manchester born journalist Michelle Ackerley is set to host a new weekly show for XS Manchester.

The new weekly current affairs show, titled XS Manchester’s Voice, will start on Sunday nights from the 3rd October and will explore stories and issues with listeners in the North West.

She has worked in a number of roles for the BBC including The One Show, Crimewatch Roadshow and Sport Relief.

In the first programme, Ackerley explores the issue of fake MDMA drugs circulating in Manchester and celebrates Black History Month with historian and author Linford Sweeney.

It will also feature Manchester poet Esther Koch headlining a Manchester-based project, titled Mind Over Matter, aimed at breaking down stigma around mental health which launches next week.

Ackerley said: “I can’t wait to work with XS Manchester to share some amazing Manchester stories and speak to incredible people from my home city.”

Neil Sloan, Group Content Director, said: “We are excited to welcome Michelle to the XS Manchester team and can’t wait to hear this innovative new show that will showcase issues that matter across Great Manchester.”

“We are hugely grateful to the Audio Content Fund for enabling the production of this programme with Audio Always.”

Stuart Morgan, Managing Director of Audio Always, added: “To be working with the team from XS Manchester to deliver a brand-new talk show is amazing. We live in a city full of so many wonderful stories, and we can’t wait to hear Michelle bring these to life each week.”

The show has been funded by the Audio Content Fund, a scheme which is part of a pilot and financed by the UK government, to provide funding for original radio production in the UK.

Listen to ‘XS Manchester’s Voice’ here from this Sunday (3rd October).