Ruth Barnes Biography

Ruth Barnes is a music expert, blogger, podcaster and broadcaster, currently presenting The Other Woman on Amazing Radio – the new music network dedicated to emerging and independent artists.

Ruth also presents music documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and is a regular on Sky News as a music pundit.

She is also a regular speaker at music industry conventions such as The Great Escape Convention and has chaired a panel discussion at the prestigious Meltdown Festival. Recent panel discussions for the Feminist Times include Is Fat Still a Feminist Issue and Is Same Sex Marriage Just A Distraction? with Peter Tatchell. Other recent talks include The Pop Icon as part of The Rest is Noise Festival at London's Southbank Centre.


Ruth kicked off her career in radio with a six month stint on the BBC London overnight show presenting 4 hours of phone-in radio through the night, which is one way to ensure she’s never short of anything to say once the mic is open!

Ruth was a music reporter for the BBC broadcasting live from the likes of the Glastonbury festival for BBC Radio 5 Live to the WOMAD music festival as far afield as Abu Dhabi for the BBC World Service. Years spent as part of the BBC 6 Music news team meant reporting from music festivals around the country, as well as interviewing musicians – both famous and emerging. Ruth has also been a regular feature maker for the Claudia Winkleman Arts Show on BBC Radio 2, presenting and producing ten minute features on all aspects of the arts world.

A weekly radio show on London’s arts network Resonance FM, The Other Woman, led to a weekly spot on Tom Robinson’s Introducing show on BBC 6 Music. Ruth played her top tips for Tom every week as his Girl Music Guru.

Ruth has deputised for Tom on his Introducing show and has presented an all-female 6 Mix both for BBC 6 Music.

Ruth has a voiceover career and is a core voice of BBC TV continuity.