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Telegraph announces Richard Madeley as new Agony Uncle

The Telegraph has appointed broadcaster Richard Madeley as its new Agony Uncle. Richard takes over from Graham Norton, who wrote the newspaper's Agony Uncle for 12 years, before stepping down in October.

Richard Madeley: "To be a custodian of the page is a big responsibility."

Madeley's new column will be published in the Telegraph's "Saturday" lifestyle section (and on the Telegraph website). He will answer readers' questions on a broad range of subjects, from parenting issues to relationship problems to career advice.

In an interview with the Telegraph which was published on Saturday 24 November, Madeley says the Telegraph's Agony Uncle column "is a writing spot that I’ve always coveted... To be a custodian of the page is a big responsibility. One thing I won’t be doing," he adds, "is judgement. People who write to me should know that I’m there to help them, if I can, and not pass sentence."

Jane Bruton, Deputy Editor & Director of Lifestyle, The Telegraph said “We are delighted to welcome Richard to The Telegraph as our new Agony Uncle. Richard’s reputation for straight talking and his years of experience make him perfect to take on this much loved position and there is no doubt he will be there to provide readers with the valuable life advice we all sometimes need.”

Madeley's first Agony Uncle column appears on Saturday 1 December.